Are we ready for another C in Connected and Automated Mobility?

Beam Connectivity to investigate the use of DSbD technologies for cyber critical and safety critical applications in the automotive sector

December 17, 2021

On 15th December, the Cabinet Office released a Policy Paper outlining the National Cyber Strategy 2022 ( Whilst it is good to see this, and worth diving into the detail for some Christmas reading, we are looking forward to making a direct contribution to the new national cyber strategy in our own way.

With the Digital Security by Design (DSbD) Programme as a key part of this policy, we are very pleased to announce that we have been selected to investigate, demonstrate and review the use of DSbD technologies in the automotive sector. Working with partners, we will be looking specifically at the applicability of DSbD technologies for cyber critical and safety critical applications - use cases like SOTA updates and teleoperation of AVs.

Read more about the announcement here and the other projects that are funded as part of the programme: Government announces new national cyber strategy – UKRI.

Looking back: Cyber focus for 2021

We will post more details on the DSbD programme in the new year. For now, looking back over 2021, we note an increase in focus on Cybersecurity within the automotive and vehicle sectors. Of course there are several highly successful organizations who specialise in this area already. However at industry events, online webinars and within the trade bodies we have seen a subtle but definite shift in discussion; from a pure focus on Autonomy and Mobility, to broader conversations which include Cybersecurity. For example, we see increasing references to UNECE WP.29 which now  mandates cybersecurity in connected and autonomous vehicles. Even Elon Musk has said a fleet wide hack of Tesla cars would be "the end of Tesla" .

So, will 2022 be the year when we can add another "C for cybersecurity" to CAM? There are important open questions as to how OEMs can measure the value of increased cyber security, and understanding the relationship between security and safety on vehicles.

It would align well with our own vision and the increase in vehicle connectivity, which is now a regulatory requirement in most markets. As always, we continue to develop our Connected Vehicle as a Service platform based on our underlying pillars:

  • Cybersecure
  • High performance
  • Versatile

We will post more on these in the new year. For now, we wish our readers all the best for the festive season and a good start to 2022.

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