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ABI Research forecasts more than 20M connected cars to ship globally with built-in software-based security technology by 2020

11 February 2014

While traditional safety telematics services such as eCall, bCall, stolen vehicle tracking, and diagnostics aimed at the physical protection of vehicles, drivers and passengers are becoming main stream, awareness is growing about the threat of cyber-attacks and their impact on the physical integrity of persons, especially with Vehicle-to-Vehicle communication and autonomous vehicles. This is prompting car OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers to source security technology, with more than 20 million connected cars forecasted to ship with software-based security by 2020, according to ABI Research.

So far connected car security has been mainly based on hardware protection and separation with infotainment and vehicle-centric safety systems shielded from each other. However, the shift towards cost-effective software-based security based on virtualization, containerization and sandboxing is well under way with Harman and Mentor Graphics as some of the leading vendors.

— ABI VP and practice director, Dominique Bonte

Cisco is partnering with Continental and Visteon to bring enterprise IT connectivity based security technologies such as Private Networks (VPN), IPsec, encryption and authentication (PKI) to an automotive industry lacking in-house expertise.

More than just technology, security also requires adopting end-to-end, balanced, and cost-effective risk management practices including security-based design procedures; frequency/severity analysis; audit and monitoring policies; and detection and assessment of vulnerabilities.

Security is also closely linked to the secondary effect of compromised privacy, a concern shared by governments (legislation initiatives) and consumers (a major barrier for connected car and autonomous vehicle adoption) and exacerbated by the sensitive character of geo-location data.

ABI Research’s Automotive Safety & Autonomous Driving and Cybersecurity Research cover the different types of connected car cybersecurity technologies including Connectivity, Hardware, Software, and Policies-based solutions, main barriers, the vendor ecosystem, products and solutions, and shipment forecasts.

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