Self-driving cars are becoming a reality. And with this transformation in how we get from place to place, the topic of secure connectivity is an even more pressing concern across the entire industry ecosystem.
With connected autonomous vehicles, you can’t have safety without security. The various wireless technologies that enable communications, telematics, digital broadcast reception, and ADAS systems enable new features for comfort and convenience—but also new risks, since they exchange and store large amounts of data. The wireless interfaces that connect in-vehicle systems to external networks present new potential attack surfaces for hackers. So, there are all sorts of other unique circumstances to take into account when it comes to maintaining the safety and security of a connected vehicle.
China, emerging as the world’s largest car manufacturer, presents a major potential market for autonomous driving. At the same time, though, development of security solutions there has been held back due to a lack of industry standards.
To address this problem, NXP joined forces with ChangAn Automobile, China’s largest carmaker, and Neusoft, a leading software specialist, to establish the China Auto Security Common Interests Group (CIG). CIG’s core objective is to accelerate the creation and adoption of relevant standards to ensure the security of China’s emerging intelligent car industry.
CIG’s first task will be to carry out a demand analysis and feasibility study to define a framework for information security management. CIG members from each company will work together to draft a set of recommended standards and guidelines for both information and hardware security testing. The group will then take those recommendations to the broader Chinese automobile industry and work to get them adopted. Of course, CIG also welcomes new members—from car manufacturing, telematics service providers, and standards organizations—to better inform standards and help drive industry influence.
From an NXP perspective, we’ve advocated for expandable car connection security that incorporates hardware and software from the beginning. Our 4+1 layer security framework provides a holistic approach to securing a vehicle’s entire architecture, using a defense-in-depth strategy complemented by our secure car access products. This kind of structured approach delivers multiple levels of defense—from the perimeter to different individual computers throughout the vehicle—to ensure that there are no weak links in the chain.
Our role as a founding member in CIG is not only testament to our long-term commitment to China, but also the start of an exciting new partnership. We’re proud to be joining forces with leaders in China’s auto industry and sharing our years of expertise in the car electronics sector to help make the new era of autonomous driving both safe and secure.