Defense grade cryptography for your V2V solutions

Vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications, collectively known as V2X, allow vehicles to exchange anonymous data between nearby vehicles as well as roadway infrastructure – enabling vehicles to sense dangers from surrounding vehicles and even roadway hazards like closed lanes. This information can be combined with integrated on-vehicle sensors and control subsystems to allow vehicles to warn drivers of hazards or even improve active safety through collision avoidance. For instance, V2X systems can pre-tension a seatbelt in the case of an imminent collision or shave fractions of a second off stopping time and feet off of braking distance.

Government mandates for V2X technology are being issued on a global scale, including North America, Europe, and Asia. The standards bodies have been at work for over a decade and the use cases clearly defined and extensively tested. Because V2X communications are safety critical, strong security is required. Athena is the leader in security technology that enables V2X OEMs to manufacture solutions supporting the demanding security performance and cost requirements of V2X.

V2X can improve the performance and safety of autonomous vehicles, which are rapidly moving from proof-of-concept to consumer availability. Already, autonomous vehicles are undergoing extensive road tests in markets across the US and around the world. Volvo has announced its plans for limited commercial availability of fully autonomous vehicles by 2017, while other OEMs, including Audi, Mercedes, and Nissan say that 2020 is the year. Google, Tesla, and perhaps even Apple may also have their own vehicles in this same timeframe.

In a world where vehicles are communicating autonomously to each other and systems are intervening based on data that is being processed and analyzed in real-time, the most robust security possible will be of paramount importance. Strong security capabilities that are upgradeable as new security threats emerge are an essential and integral part of the vehicle security model, which is why Athena is at the forefront of this emerging market.