Automotive Cybersecurity: Blockchain Infographic & Platform

In automotive cybersecurity this week were SHIFTMobility, Upstream, Airbuiquity/Uptane and LHP Engineering Solutions offers a security framework.

SHIFTMobility Blockchain

SHIFTMobility Inc. revealed the world’s first blockchain-powered platform for the automotive industry. As modern vehicles continue their transformation into smart devices, today’s mobile-enabled world requires a platform able to connect to, understand, and harness demand from the myriad of vehicle and supply chain apps, commerce channels, enhanced diagnostics, and transportation logistics now and into the autonomous future.

By connecting drivers to vehicles, services, and everything else, the platform satiates high consumer expectations while simultaneously liberating previously siloed data for proper use and meaningful intelligence. With SHIFTMobility, data from the driver to the car, insurance, service visits, real-time condition, and more is merged into a single unbroken, secure, distributed and transferable data chain; like a fingerprint containing complete medical history – only for your car.

By eliminating remaining information barriers, security risk, and costly IT infrastructure, any concern about massive transaction volumes from vehicle generated demand can be relegated to the historical dustbin. All SHIFTMobility branded solutions are powered by its Automotive Cloud Platform.

SHIFTMobility speaks automotive and drives connectivity – our Automotive Cloud Platform integrates parts manufacturers, distributors, repair centers, and vehicles to securely drive industry connectivity and mobile commerce with blockchain.


Upstream Security (“Upstream”), the leading supplier of centralized connected car cybersecurity solutions, is forming a strategic partnership with Asgent to provide state-of-the-art automotive cybersecurity solutions to automotive manufacturers and vehicle fleets in Japan. This is enabled through the combination of Upstream Security’s cloud-based cybersecurity platform and Asgent’s broad systems integration expertise in the region.

The automotive industry is undergoing a transformation – decades old business models are rapidly changing and connectivity is quickly becoming an integral part of conducting business. Connectivity enables vehicle fleets and service providers to monetize car data and achieve superior business results. Consumer experience can be improved, and new business opportunities can be imagined. The key challenge automakers are facing is how to capitalize on this tremendous opportunity while at the same time ensuring the security and safety of drivers, passengers and businesses alike.

Airbiquity with Uptane

Connectivity in the vehicle has many perks to both the consumer and the automaker, but it’s not without its risks. As the vehicle becomes more complex, the threat of cybersecurity is also heightened. In order to safeguard against hackers, the industry needs to adopt a rolling Security Model Cycle that addresses all levels of vulnerability and ensures the best protection possible.

Cybersecurity is taken very seriously in the automotive industry because human lives are at stake. Ideally, all connected vehicles should be continually monitored to detect, protect, and mitigate cybersecurity attacks. Fortunately, the automotive industry is collectively and individually focused on making rapid advancements in these areas—which are all reliant on the ability to perform
software updates whenever necessary.

Uptane is compromise-resilient software update security system for the automotive industry.

Unlike other software update security systems (e.g., OMA-DM, SSL / TLS, signing updates with a single offline GPG / RSA key, etc.), Uptane addresses a comprehensive threat model. It is designed to make it extremely difficult for attackers to be able to install malware on all vehicles maintained by a manufacturer, even if attackers have compromised some keys used to sign updates.

Uptane is already being adopted by automakers. It was designed using support from DHS and with feedback from major vehicle manufacturers and suppliers responsible for 78% of vehicles on U.S. roads, as well as government regulators. It was developed by the New York University Tandon School of Engineering (NYU), the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), and the Southwest Research Institute (SWRI).

NI-Based Functional Safety and Cyber Security Validation Platform.

LHP Engineering Solutions, an engineering services provider and technology integrator has brought together National Instruments, PTC, and AASA’s LiFi subsidiary, 01LightComm, to create a framework for an NI-Based Functional Safety and Cyber Security Validation Platform.  The demonstration addresses the universal automotive principles of Functional Safety violations resulting from Cyber Security compromises. The impactful automotive demonstration leverages the existing technology available in today’s market, introduces LiFi as a viable V2X communication option, and addresses the specific automotive Functional Safety risks in a Cyber Security realm.

As vehicles are advancing to include autonomy and connectivity, the number of electronic control units and overall complexity is increasing. Thus, on-vehicle Cyber Security violations are becoming a more challenging threat for engineers. Today, a new vehicle can include over 100 million lines of code to monitor everything from ADAS, infotainment systems, blind spot detection, collision avoidance, and vehicle management. The increased complexity poses a greater Cyber Security threat that needs to be addressed immediately. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines Cyber Security within the context of road vehicles as “the protection of automotive electronic systems, communication networks, control algorithms, software, users, and underlying data from malicious attacks, damage, unauthorized access, or manipulation.” In terms of today’s motorists, manipulation can come in the form of a hacker disabling vehicle communications, disrupting navigation, or interfering with powertrain controls.

What the Platform  Can Do:

  • Validate automotive platforms against Functional Safety and Cyber Security issues
    during design, prototyping, and R&D.
  • Introduce Cyber Security capability assertion into early platform validation process.
  • Enhanced detection of Functional Safety issues resulting from Cyber Security threats.
  • Leverage power of NI CompactRIO for diagnostics and reporting Functional Safety and Cyber Security compliance.
  • LiFi-based augmented Reality UI for fast and accurate.
    visualization of Functional Safety and Cyber Security violations.
  • LiFi-based V2X wireless communication system transmitting real-time brake, steering, Functional Safety and Cyber Security data.

The Cyber Security platform leverages the National Instruments CompactRIO to:

  • Validate assurance scenarios for Cyber Security within the vehicle.
  • Stage and orchestrate Cyber Security threat and vulnerability compromises in the vehicle.
  • Measure and detect Functional Safety violations as a side-effect of Cyber Security incidents.


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