Platform enables development of secure connected car applications

July 11, 2017 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Green Hills Software has unveiled its Platform for Secure Connected Car, a comprehensive solution for vehicle and smart city manufacturers building vehicle-to-anything (V2X) and European car-to-anything (C2X) On-Board Units (OBU) and intelligent transportation infrastructure.

Together with sister company Integrity Security Services (ISS) and partners Autotalks and Commsignia, the Green Hills platform enables OEMs and Tier 1s to address the range of challenges to design, develop and deploy secure and efficient V2V solutions for the next generation of vehicle awareness as outlined in the US Department of Transportation (US DOT) New Proposed Rule Making (NPRM), Docket number NHTSA-2016-0126. The vendor claims that its Platform for Secure Connected Car is the first and, so far, the only platform of its kind to incorporate security, safety and device management in one platform.

The connected car represents the next stage in the evolution of motor vehicle safety beyond what current vehicle-resident technologies like in-vehicle cameras and sensors can provide by employing omnidirectional radio signals that provide 360-degree coverage and the ability to “see” around corners and “see” through other vehicles. For the first time, unfamiliar vehicles and roadside units on untrusted public networks will be able to communicate with a vehicle’s OBU without any human involvement and influence life-critical decisions and vehicle actions. Whereas functionality, performance and safety have been the traditional foundation for automotive software, the connected car also demands authentication, identification and separation of critical software components running in a routinely insecure environment for the operational lifespan of the vehicle.

The Platform for Secure Connected Car
Green Hills Software, Integrity Security Services and its strategic partners Autotalks and Commsignia have developed a portfolio of integrated V2X capabilities to help speed the design innovation for the next generation of connected vehicles globally. The first instantiation of the Platform highlights partners Autotalks and their secure V2X automotive SoC and Commsignia for its complete V2X stack, extensive standards-based applications and Commsignia IEEE 1609.2 security.

The platform comprises the Integrity RTOS plus virtualization layer, a range of software development tools, the V2X OBU security toolkit and V2X applications from Commsignia, software for device lifecycle management with over-the-air (OTA) update functionality, a