Automobiles, particularly passenger vehicles, are becoming safer (number of cars rated 5 stars in crash tests are on the rise in India), and increasingly connected too. (The new Kia Sonet, for example, boasts of over 70 connected features.) Scoring high on safety, and connected tech definitely adds to a vehicle’s appeal, but all that would mean little if it cannot protect itself from a cyber attack.

Advanced risks with advanced cars

Did you know India saw the second highest number of cybercrime complaints globally, in 2022? From the ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) suite, to in-mobile apps, SIM, to Not only their cars, OEMs have to protect their data centres too. Full details in the report below.

Read More: Accelerating cyber security threats in connected cars

Every problem has a solution

As much as some advanced technologies are also making the car more vulnerable to security threats. It’s not that all threats would lead to problems. The growing opportunities can be tapped while addressing the challenges. Here’s how.

Read More: Collaboration, innovation, and cybersecurity to ensure safe future for connected vehicles: EY-Parthenon

Suzuki’s new move

As the previous story emphasises, collaboration has a crucial part in paving the road for a successful journey for the connected vehicle megatrend. The collaborative approach is increasingly being chosen in order to advance successfully in the current increasingly technology-intensive, and disruptive era. A new example is Suzuki’s partnership with an IoT tech provider, Soracom, which would see results in vehicles in global markets, including maybe in India too. Details about this technology partnership in the report below.

Read More: Soracom and Suzuki agree to IoT collaboration in mobility services

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Collaboration between two engineering majors

In the swiftly evolving automotive industry, where product lifecycles are reducing, cost pressure may be rising, and technology disruptions are on the rise, the case for collaboration becomes even stronger. In a latest move in the global industry, two majors, Bosch and EDAG have joined hands to help automakers grow sustainably in the new era, with a host of engineering services. Details about them, and the strategy behind the partnership, in the following story.

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EDAG and Bosch Engineering agree on project- based collaboration in vehicle engineering

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Wait for the autonomous car to be longer?

Driverless car, or Autonomous Vehicle (AV), is still expected to be the future of the automobile, at least the passenger vehicle. However, its journey is progressing slower than many expected, and of late some are also arguing against it. The technology has come a long way, without a doubt, but is the environment yet to be conducive for it, and/or is the driverless car has to develop more human-like capabilities? Whatever it is, the authorities in California, where Alphabet owned Waymo has deployed its robotaxi service, seeks more time to approve an application for expansion of services to more parts of the city. Details in the report below.

Read More: California puts Waymo robotaxi expansion application on hold until June 19

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Sunning the EV charge

The AV megatrend may be moving slower than expected, but the EV megatrend is progressing. Its progress can be faster with a better well-to-wheel green quotient for EVs. Renewable energy can play the biggest role in this regard. Shailesh Chandra, MD, Tata Motors Passenger Vehicles, and Tata Passenger Electric Mobility, talks about how a transition to renewable energy can do much more than paving the road for faster adoption of EVs in India, in this exclusive interview with ETAuto’s Deepanshu Taumar.

Read More: Now 25% of EV buyers have home rooftop solar systems: Shailesh Chandra

Automotive cybersecurity regulations in India

Along with the Connected Vehicle megatrend grows the humongous bank of data generated by the vehicles. Regulations will be required to ensure their proper utilisation. In India, the amended Personal Data Protection Act which is awaiting the parliament approval, will play a major role in the formation of further data related guidelines for different sectors, including the automotive sector. Saurabh Dalela, Director, ICAT (International Centre for Automotive Technology) talks about cybersecurity and related regulations in India.

Read More : ICAT Director Saurabh Dalela on where India stands in automotive cybersecurity regulations

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Leveraging Connected Vehicle tech for a better ride

Connected Vehicle technologies can be said to have a stronger relation with EVs than ICE vehicles. Greaves Electric Mobility, one of the top 5 electric two-wheeler makers, is getting ready to launch its top of the line electric scooter by April. Find out in the following story about the EV maker’s strategy to “democratise” electric mobility in India, and how connected tech is a key pillar in this strategy. You can also watch a discussion, on this theme, with Ram Rajappa, CTO, Greaves Electric Mobility inside the story.

Read More: Greaves to launch top of the line model in its quest to ‘democratise’ electric mobility; taps connected tech to enhance competitiveness

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According to an EY-Partheron Report the market for cybersecurity for cars stood at USD186.63 million in 2019, and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 52.15% to USD2.46 billion by 2025. That’s a big opportunity to be tapped. Safe and connected is best only when it is secure too.

Wishing everyone a safe and secure journey, always! And, please do share your feedback, suggestions on [email protected].

  • Published On Feb 28, 2024 at 12:40 PM IST

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