Automotive Over-The-Air Updates Testbed
The Automotive Over-The-Air Updates Testbed
Auto, device and product manufacturers use over-the-air (OTA) updates to deliver critical information to devices within the vehicle to ensure that the software is working correctly. Soon, the days of bringing your vehicle (or a fleet of vehicles) into a dealership in order to power up the latest version of your GPS software, Apple Car Play, fleet tracking and management tools will be over; more specifically “over-the-air.”
The Automotive Over-The-Air (AOTA) Updates Testbed demonstrates how software may be remotely managed on a fleet of vehicles. Software can be deployed, updated, and replaced. The testbed uses a microservices architecture is used to provide maximum functional improvement with minimal software change. This testbed covers standard vehicle control and data handling: collection, filtering, and analysis. The solution also addresses the specific automotive safety risks in the cybersecurity realm. It introduces Li-Fi as a complementary wireless communication option for such updates as well as general V2X communication.
The primary challenges addressed are common among most IoT domains, including medical devices, industrial machines, or vehicles.
The auto industry has long been a front-runner in tech-savvy innovations, and OTA updates are no exception. OTA presents a scalable solution that can apply across many industries beyond automotive, and that’s what makes it so powerful. OTA is a direct result of industries transforming digitally towards software and artificial intelligence -- both of which require that the solution provider looks into the entire dev-ops cycle. One key component is bridging the IT to OT gap. This gap is closed via OTA, but doing so smartly is critical.
Any time that a device is connected to the internet, it’s entered the “Wild West.” Wireless connections, and updates sent using a wireless connection, are inherently risky for the introduction of risks like malware, downtime, and expose personal information. Participants in the IIC’s Testbed program undergo rigorous security review to ensure the trustworthiness of the entire solution.
Read more about Trustworthiness and download the IIC’s Trustworthiness Foundations Framework here.
Goals and Commercial Benefits
The AOTA Testbed represents significantly more than pushing software over the network. Overall emphasis is placed on the following:
The Importance of the AOTA Solution
Current Member Participants: