Framework Keeps Cars Safe And Secure

(LHP Engineering Solutions)

LHP Engineering Solutions brings together National Instruments, PTC, and AASA's LiFi subsidiary, 01LightComm, to create a framework for an NI-based functional safety and cyber security validation platform.  The platform addresses the universal automotive principles of functional safety violations resulting from cyber security compromises. The impactful automotive demonstration leverages the existing technology available in today's market, introduces LiFi as a viable V2X communication option, and addresses the specific automotive Functional Safety risks in a Cyber Security realm.


On-Vehicle Cyber Security


As vehicles are advancing to include autonomy and connectivity, the number of electronic control units and overall complexity is increasing. As a result, on-vehicle Cyber Security violations are becoming a more challenging threat for engineers. Currently, a new vehicle can include over 100 million lines of code to monitor everything from ADAS, infotainment systems, blind spot detection, collision avoidance, and vehicle management. The increased complexity poses a greater Cyber Security threat that needs to be addressed immediately.


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration defines cyber security within the context of road vehicles as "the protection of automotive electronic systems, communication networks, control algorithms, software, users, and underlying data from malicious attacks, damage, unauthorized access, or manipulation." Manipulation can come in the form of a hacker disabling vehicle communications, disrupting navigation, or interfering with powertrain controls.


A demonstration of the platform will take place at the 2018 National Instruments Conference, NI Week, in Austin, Texas from May 21 – May 24. The demo will include:

  • Validation of automotive platforms against Functional Safety and Cyber Security issues
  • during design, prototyping, and R&D
  • Introduction of Cyber Security capability assertion into early platform validation process
  • Enhanced detection of Functional Safety issues resulting from Cyber Security threats
  • Leverage power of NI CompactRIO for diagnostics
  • and reporting Functional Safety and Cyber Security compliance
  • LiFi-based augmented Reality UI for fast and accurate
  • visualization of Functional Safety and Cyber Security violations
  • LiFi-based V2X wireless communication system transmitting real-time brake, steering, Functional Safety and Cyber Security data. 

The Cyber Security platform leverages the National Instruments CompactRIO to:

  • Validate assurance scenarios for Cyber Security within the vehicle
  • Stage and orchestrate Cyber Security threat and vulnerability compromises in the vehicle
  • Measure and detect Functional Safety violations as a side-effect of Cyber Security incidents 

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