I’m excited about the opportunity we have before us to lay the groundwork for safer automated vehicles, as outlined recently in U.S. President Barack Obama’s piece for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, “Self-driving, yes, but also safe.” I see a clear path for fully autonomous vehicles to operate safely for the protection of everyone in and around the vehicle. Of course, no one company can do this alone. A job of this magnitude takes an entire ecosystem.
In the collaborations forming around architecting automated vehicles, automakers are realizing that they must ensure functional safety at all levels — hardware, software and network — from car to cloud. That’s why I am pleased that the Intel IoT ecosystem is working within the automotive industry to shift thinking about what we do today in order to enable the autonomous future of tomorrow.
Functional Safety, Meet Security
We see the future as one in which the automotive industry fuses functional safety with cybersecurity. The two are interrelated and mutually dependent. Current ISO 26262 guidelines for functional safety do not fully comprehend this interrelationship. SAE J3061 has emerged as a great start to the guidelines for automotive cybersecurity, however the industry will need to establish some framework for implementation, or a reference architecture and set of best-known methods that demonstrate this fusion of safety and cybersecurity.
When I speak with automotive industry leaders around the world, I am often surprised by the widely varying perspectives on these two topics. Some believe that functional safety considerations beyond the in-vehicle architectures are not necessary. However, in a world moving quickly to predominately connected vs. not connected vehicles, the effects of security and functional safety concepts in the automotive network infrastructure and data centers from an end-to-end consideration are paramount. Security vulnerabilities will open the doors to safety concerns. What is really needed is a secure end-to-end scalable architecture.
Scaling out Automated Vehicle Safety
We need partners and industry standards to scale. The Intel IoT ecosystem understands the complexity of fusing functional safety with security. From researching and developing business models with OEMs to collaborating with regulatory bodies, members of the Intel IoT ecosystem are helping guide functional safety for automated vehicles. Add to this the cybersecurity and data center expertise of Intel and you have a solid foundation for a secure end-to-end solution.
As with any nascent technology, the need for automakers to differentiate their offerings, combined with the newness of the automated driving market, is making standardization a back-burner priority. Here at Intel, we believe collaboration is the logical answer. That is why Intel remains a leader, supporter and contributor to key industry consortiums and relevant standards bodies, and we have actively contributed on both ISO 26262 and SAE J3061.
The Road to Autonomous
Fueled by decades of success, the Intel IoT ecosystem is paving the road ahead for the automated vehicles of the future. That is what happens when innovation and collaboration merge on the road to fully automated vehicles. Intel is a logical trusted advisor to the auto industry for safety and security — together we can make a better future.
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