Road to Fully Automated Driving: Here’s What’s Next in Automotive Security

This is the second in a 3-part series of blogs on trends in next-generation automotive safety and security. In part one, I wrote about the 15 Hackable Points in Next-Generation Vehicles. To learn more, check out our eBook “The Car of the Future.”

In my previous post, I wrote about how we can enable stronger security through a comprehensive car-to-cloud approach. I’m often asked at what point in development automakers and suppliers need to start thinking about security. The answer: from day one!

People underestimate how broad a practice area automotive security really is. By starting early and doing a holistic analysis, you’re better positioned to identify and mitigate risks. Security should be a nonnegotiable ingredient in the product design life cycle from the start. How will you audit your suppliers, contractors, and internal development teams for security robustness? These considerations are needed when defining the system architecture.


A pair of road trip buddies take a selfie with their automated vehicle.

Extending Security Beyond Vehicle Hardware

Intel is working closely with the automotive ecosystem, including software providers such as Wind River, Green Hills Software, QNX, and others, to build a security architecture that starts at the silicon level and extends to the operating system. We’re also focusing on secure communication to the cloud, other vehicles, and even infrastructure. In addition, Intel’s enterprise-grade data center security technologies provide the final step for comprehensive security.


In this picture of a car driving through the snow, a vehicle quickly, and safely, adjusts to changing weather conditions.

Tapping into Artificial Intelligence (AI) to Improve Security

We’re doing research into new security technologies that can help cyber-physical systems detect or even predict failures and recover from them. This approach incorporates elements of AI to build a high level of resiliency, allowing cyber-physical systems to modify their own behavior to improve efficiency and adaptability in adverse situations.


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Planning for Scalable Security Down the Road

All security technologies need to evolve to address the threats of their time. For example, public key cryptography was invented in the 1970s to secure network communications. Intrusion detection systems came about in the 1980s in response to viruses and worms on personal computers.

Intel is always researching the latest threats, and automakers can stay agile by building on the foundation of a resilient, flexible security architecture. A secure over-the-air update process will extend the ability of automakers to provide security, as well as feature enhancements, for the life of the vehicle.

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Craig Hurst

About Craig Hurst

Craig Hurst is the Director of Strategic Planning and Product Management within Intel’s Transportation Solutions Division. He is responsible for transportation HW and SW roadmaps, ecosystem strategies, GTM plans and overall platform success across the connected transportation and logistics, software defined cockpit, and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and Autonomous Driving segments. Craig’s team is responsible for both the long term vision and strategy that maximize market value for safer and smarter driving as well as the near term product management and delivery of products that thrill and excite customers. Craig has held various director roles for strategy, marketing, and product management at Intel in divisions ranging from SW developer products, healthcare devices, and networking. His passion is to inspire innovation for new products, segments, and business models. In his ~20 years at Intel, Craig has helped deliver dozens of new products to market, many winning industry awards (including Intel’s first direct to consumer retail product, the world’s first UPnP certified residential gateway, Intel’s first FDA approved product, and Intel® RealSense™ Technology). When not at work, Craig enjoys fishing, waterskiing, travel, and perfecting a new BBQ or kitchen recipe. Craig holds a BSEE from Seattle University, and Certificate of Business Excellence from U.C. Berkeley.

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