This article was originally featured in the edition: TaaS Magazine - Issue 2

Connected & Autonomous Vehicle Security "“ The Chassis on which to Build New Business Models

By Stacy Janes, Chief Security Architect, Irdeto

The rapid innovation in connected and autonomous technology has been impressive in recent years. Driven by consumer desire for simplicity and customization, connected devices and services have begun to touch upon almost every area of daily life for many of us. This has now extended into the connected vehicles we see today and, will inevitably be a key facet of the increasingly autonomous vehicles of the future.

Indeed, autonomous vehicles are rapidly becoming a reality and there is a clear drive by all parties in the value chain (manufacturers, tier one suppliers, consumers and even regulators) to make this happen sooner rather than later. In February, Waymo, Google's self-driving car company, was given the go ahead to launch a fully autonomous taxi service in Arizona later this year, and General Motors chief technology officer, Jon Lauckner, recently revealed that the OEM would launch an autonomous vehicle in 2019. Not to be outdone, on the other side of the globe, Tencent was in May given the go ahead to road test autonomous cars in Shenzen, China.

Perhaps more surprisingly, regulators across the globe are just as focused. In the US, the State Department of Motor Vehicles in California recently announced that self-driving cars backed up by a remote human operator could be tested on roads in the first half of this year. Meanwhile in the UK, the Chancellor announced as early as the November 2017 budget that there would be regulation changes, with a view to having driverless cars in operation in the UK by 2021. Similarly, the EU is aiming to catch-up with China and the US on the self-driving vehicle front, announcing just last month that it would develop rules for autonomous vehicles.

It's also clear that many consumers cannot wait to get their hands on a fully autonomous vehicle. So much so, that we frequently see reports of drivers relying on driver-assist functions as fully autonomous systems, with dangerous results. So, while speed seems to be the main concern on all sides when it comes to the development of autonomous vehicles, all parties must understand that this technology cannot become a reality safely, without robust security in place.