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Continental and Indian Institute of Technology Announce New Partnership

2018-11-07 11:04 Wednesday


The growing number of connected cars and increasing concerns regarding vehicle data protection have driven the expansion of the global automotive cyber security industries. The market for automotive cyber security products is expected to reach $1.34 billion USD by the end of 2018, with total revenue estimated to surpass $5.77 USD billion by 2025, a 23.16% CAGR.

With vehicles becoming increasingly connected, cyber security and powertrain applications have become an area of concern for vehicle manufacturers, which has facilitated a flurry of strategic collaboration within the industry.

Continental and the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras recently signed a memorandum of understanding for cooperative research in cyber security and developing a high-speed computing platform for powertrain applications. According to Continental, the research will focus on intrusion detection and reporting on powertrain applications

With the implementation of the BS VI emission standards in India, vehicles have increasingly electrified to meet the rigorous standards, a trend that has led to a surge in demand for higher computing power.

An executive at Continental expressed optimism at the chance to work with IIT Madras: "With high computing platforms, car manufacturers will be able to maintain their ability to compete on various innovative functions and enlarged flexibility on software development. Together with IIT Madras, Continental will conduct research on technologies that involve time deterministic behavior on powertrain controllers and its applications."

"To achieve safe, secure and reliable drivetrain electronic systems, more sophisticated and advanced features along with higher computational power become necessary. As inter and intra vehicle networks become more complex and multi nodal, they become more vulnerable to threats. Hence, secure communication becomes paramount. This, in turn, is achieved through robust and less intrusive networks," Girish Ramaswamy, Head of System Engineering – India, Engine Systems, Division Powertrain at Continental, said.

Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering, Pratyush K Panda, acknowledged the challenges that need to be addressed: "Together we are looking forward to attack two interesting and timely problems: How do we achieve high performance with reliable timing guarantees on the powertrain, and how do we automatically detect and flag intrusions on to the powertrain software."

IIT Madras' collaboration with Continental is only a part of its ambition development plan. The institute has also reached out for other strategic collaboration within the field of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), especially in the design of fault-tolerant, secure, and reliable systems.

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