The allure of the autonomous vehicle is seductive: a morning commute spent sipping coffee and checking e-mail while the car finds its own way to the office.

But whereas drivers of today might have had to worry about flat tires, engine trouble and reckless drivers, the owners of future wonder-cars might have to worry about a new threat: hacks into the computers that control their vehicles.

Nicola Bezzo works at the intersection of the physical and cyberworlds. An assistant professor in the University of Virginia’s Department of Systems and Information Engineering with a dual appointment in Electrical and Computer Engineering, he researches autonomous systems and assesses the threats to them.

Read more at UVA Today.