Whole-car approach needed to secure the connected car

The move toward greater levels of connectivity requires significant changes to the design, development and integration of vehicle electronics. By Freddie Holmes

Tier 1 suppliers are becoming ever more involved in laying the foundations for truly connected cars. The ability to interact with other vehicles, devices and infrastructure requires a robust electronic architecture based heavily on software, but with increased connectivity comes a greater risk of hacking.

German supplier Continental consists of five business divisions, three of which focus on electronic and mechanical systems – powertrain, chassis and safety and interior. The latter has its own trio of dedicated units: cluster displays, infotainment and connectivity, and body and security systems. Andreas Wolf heads up the Body & Security unit, which he explains leaves him “somewhere in the middle of everything.”…