25 May 2018
As more electronics find their way into cars, the more important it is to protect them against cyber attacks. As a result 15 partners from industry and academia are to work together over the next three years on new approaches to IT security in self-driving cars.
The joint project – Security For Connected, Autonomous Cars (SecForCARs) – has funding of €7.2million from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Infineon is leading the project.
Vehicles already offer diverse communication interfaces and more and more automated functions, such as distance and lane-keeping assist systems. At the same time, the automotive industry is working on completely connected and automated models whose electronics architecture will differ greatly from that of existing vehicles. It will have to record a lot more data and process it reliably in a far shorter time. And it will be designed to directly control all driving functions, which also increases security requirements.
With its focus on self-driving cars, SecForCARs will be looking at a wide range of questions: How can connected and autonomous cars be developed so as to be more secure? How can such vehicles be tested for security gaps? How can car makers and technology partners ensure that gaps that arise later are eliminated as quickly as possible?
The project brings together experts from the fields of IT security and autonomous driving. The car makers involved are Volkswagen and AUDI. The supplier industry is represented by Infineon Technologies and Bosch.
Selected research institutes and universities ensure that the latest results from research are transferred to the project. They include the University of Ulm, the Technical Universities of Braunschweig and Munich, the Free University of Berlin, the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, and the Fraunhofer Institutes AISEC and IEM. SecForCARs will run until March 2021.