Unhackable, self-driving cars in the works

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A partnership to create the world’s first “cyberhack-protected” autonomous vehicles has been forged between Hod Hasharon-based startup Karamba Security and French self-driving car company Vedecom Tech.

The line of completely autonomous, self-driving vehicles is already in the production stage at Vedcom Tech.  The cars are expected to hit the market as early as 2017 in select French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Dutch cities, a joint statement from the companies said on Monday, June 19.

The French firm will incorporate Karamba Security’s Carwall and Autonomous Security software to protect the electronic control units of its vehicles against the potential risks of cyber attacks.

Karamba’s Carwall and Autonomous Security technology works by hardening the vehicle’s electronic control units against hackers that might try to take control of the car’s safety mechanisms, such as brakes and steering, the firm explained.

The software generates a “call graph”--a control flow graph that shows calling relationship within a computer program–that maps all acceptable calling relationships of the vehicle’s electronic control units. It would then determine whether the system has been hijacked based on the “call graph” the software generates and eventually blocks any exploit attempts, according to the company.

Just last week, Karamba Security was named “Best Auto Cybersecurity Product/ Service of 2017” by TU-Automotive at the automotive technology hub’s annual conference and exhibition in Detroit.

 

Source: wikimedia commons Author: Norbert Aepli