The last decade has brought several disruptive innovations to the automotive industry. In order to provide our society with sustainable mobility, hybridization and electrification bring both chances but also tremendous challenges for the powertrain development, calibration and production. Next, Europe’s intention to drastically reduce traffic fatalities has seen significant progress through e.g. ADAS systems, with the ultimate goal of reaching zero-fatality by providing autonomous vehicles. Finally, car users accustomed to mobile devices like smart phones, smart watches and the like expect more and more similar usability and versatility in their cars as well.
Wireless sensors shall provide flexible instrumentation during development, test and use of vehicles (WSN based data acquisition). Smart, connected, wirelessly co-operating systems will allow development and testing functionality in vehicles providing safety and security (e.g. V2x systems, or remote updates and smart maintenance). In combination with high level, powerful cloud services, even new business models will become possible (e.g. route- and traffic-optimized platooning).
Robustness and dependability of communication is a basic requirement for almost all these use cases. The final key to introduce collaborating, smart systems is to establish – and prove! – trustable security. Public awareness of data privacy has risen significantly in the last few years. The value of data ownership is becoming more and more evident to citizens, businesses and legislation alike. Adding to that, several publications demonstrated strikingly potential threats of lacking security, leading to unsafe, potentially life threatening scenarios. Therefore we conclude that the benefits of connected, collaborating smart systems can only be introduced if we are able to deliver security and privacy as well.