US DoT Has To Get Its Open-Standards Act Together

With lives depending on it, Intel’s Wind River believes the US Department of Transportation (DoT) must urge interested players in the autonomous vehicle industry to collaborate and create baseline safety and cybersecurity standards. Even with recent safety improvements curbing driving mishaps, more than 90% of auto accidents are still caused by human error.


As auto manufacturers and technology companies scramble to deliver autonomous vehicles that remove drivers from the equation, there are growing concerns that the industry’s rush to innovate will cut corners regarding safety and security. That goes without saying. This is the reason Wind River, an Intel subsidiary, recommends that players across the autonomous driving ecosystem unite to establish baseline standards. This will prioritize safety and cybersecurity throughout a vehicle’s design. Once there is widespread collaboration to assure standard safety practices are in place – which, in turn, will accelerate the pace of innovation – each company can develop innovative software with fewer wasted cycles while adhering to industry-wide guidelines.

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By 2020, billions of everyday objects will be connected to one another, including automobiles to city infrastructure. This continued growth of the internet of things (IoT) and associated potential new revenue is fueling innovation that is outpacing industry-wide regulations. However, as connectivity and ensuing cybersecurity threats increase in frequency and impact, the U.S. Department of Transportation must encourage the collaborative development of open standards. This will be critical to ensure autonomous vehicles communicate with other vehicles (V2V) and infrastructure (V2I) in the safest and most secure method possible. Checkout the Wind River website for more insights.

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