Writing Secure Automotive C++ Software Using MISRA Guidelines

February 28, 2018


With the rapid increase in software components and lines of code that go into modern automotive systems, there is a corresponding rise in the risk of introducing critical bugs. Competitive pressure and the drive to get new features to market faster also leave less time to test and improve software.  As vehicles become more and more connected, these circumstances combine to leave automotive systems more vulnerable to hacking than ever before.   

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The Role of Smart Devices in the Modern Automotive Experience

October 15, 2017



Like virtually every other industry in the world, the automotive sector has been profoundly affected by the explosion of smart devices. Today, smartphones let millions of people enjoy the convenience of ride-sharing services like Uber or Lyft or car-sharing services like Zipcar or car2go. Smartphones can also extend the capabilities of the car itself with over-the-air updates, customization, internet connectivity and more. And in the not-too-distant future, when self-driving cars are shared between multiple users, smart devices will carry the user’s identity from vehicle to vehicle, a

llowing for instant personalization.

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Bridging the Gap – Automotive Hardware in a Software World

March 14, 2017

With the emergence of the Connected Car, ADAS, and Self-Driving Cars, OEMs are asking one important question: How do we solve the paradox of a piece of hardware that will exist for 10 years in an industry where the preferred features and technologies of our users evolve every 3 years? According to SimilarWeb, nearly 60% of web traffic is coming from mobile browsers, so the odds are that you are holding the answer in your hand right now.

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OTA Updates and Security Concerns: How to Put Your Customers at Ease

June 21, 2016

It isn’t that hard for you to come up with examples of big data breaches or vehicle hacks. Even worse, the average person could name off several without much effort. Thanks to plenty of media coverage and a public that's legitimately concerned about data security, this is the present reality.

Everyone is concerned about how connectivity affects their safety.

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9 Connected Car Security Predictions For 2015

September 23, 2015

Connected car security has recently become an industry focal point with news of some high profile security breaches. Chrysler has just shipped more than 1.4 million USB thumb drives to Jeep owners to patch a security problem that leaves Jeep models susceptible to hacking, including control over the drive system. This is just the latest in a series of security concerns about the connected car. The more connectivity you offer in the automobile, the more susceptible it will be to outside attacks.

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Connected Cars Create New Security Challenges

August 26, 2015

Connected cars are essentially computer networks on wheels. The dashboard is now the control center for telecommunications, web surfing, car diagnostics, navigation, and a host of other functions. The rolling computer network monitors the car’s systems using built-in sensors to make sure everything is running properly. A wireless connection can also be used to send telemetry to the telematics service provider or the manufacturer to facilitate service and update software. Once a vehicle is connected to the internet it becomes susceptible to hacking.

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Biggest Connected Car Security Concerns Facing OEMs

July 28, 2015

With the connected car comes a new set of connectivity headaches, including network security. Before now, the system that controls automobile communications has largely been a closed computer network. While there are sensors located throughout the car to report on ignition, brakes, emissions, and even tire pressure, those sensors have reported to an onboard control systems for dashboard display and diagnostic readings at the dealership. Once you connect that car network to the outside world to enable two-way communications for infotainment, location monitoring, and diagnostics, you open yourself to all the problems that enterprise networks face, including hackers and privacy issues.

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What OEMs Need to Know About IoT Security for Their Connected Cars

July 1, 2015

An average 37 percent of drivers are reluctant to use connected-car services due to privacy concerns, according to the 2014 Connected Car Consumer Survey by McKinsey & Company.  That’s no surprise considering that connected cars are part of today’s quickly expanding Internet of Things (IoT), making them just as vulnerable to cyber crime as any computer with a web connection. Criminals may target any number of vehicle systems and networks, from Bluetooth and USB ports to infotainment interfaces and in-car apps.

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