High-tech features increase in new, computerized cars; consumer security an emerging issue

Markets Associated Press

Today's cars can come with many high-tech features that interact wirelessly with the electronic systems. Tiny, built-in computers control increasing numbers of vehicle functions, making keeping track of what they control or how well protected that data is difficult.

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Internet access. Navigation systems. WiFi. Bluetooth. Keyless entry. Remote starting. Anti-theft systems. Tire-pressure monitoring.

And more gadgets and applications are on the way for our connected vehicles.

It's all part of the wave of developments from consumer electronics companies — along with health trackers and "smart" home appliances, for example.

A top federal regulator is pressing the tech industry to make data security a priority as new products become available — and to give consumers more control over how their data is used.