The International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT), which is entrusted with the responsibility of certifying vehicles for their safety and compliance with local laws, is planning to invest in developing the expertise for cybersecurity, according to a report by The Economic Times.
The aim is to shield new-generation cars from remote hacking as they offer internet connectivity.
“There are more and more electronics getting into a car, with more than 30 ECUs (electronic control unit) in a car. And what is typically happening is that just like you get updates on the phone, you’ve started to get updates for the ECUs in the car. This is done over the internet. This creates a vulnerability,” ICAT Director Saurabh Dalela was quoted as saying in the report.
While the ICAI is looking to invest in cybersecurity to make it more safe, automakers too are doing their bit to secure vehicles from such threats.
“It’s a real threat. Cybersecurity is a very integral part of our vehicle development going ahead, and we are working on it,” Tata Motors Passenger Vehicles Limited’s MD Shailesh Chandra told the publication.
ICAI also plans to have one more campus in addition to the ones it has in Manesar. The new campus would have capabilities in fields such as autonomous vehicles, advanced driver assistance systems, connected vehicles, advanced electric vehicles, hydrogen technology, and automotive software solutions and services.