While modern automotive technology brings with it a host of benefits, it can also present new vulnerabilities. This extends beyond your everyday passenger vehicles, as military vehicles can also be at risk. With that in mind, General Motors recently announced a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with the U.S. Army CCDC Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC) that’s intended to improve GM cybersecurity and Army cybersecurity. The collaborative effort is expected to span the next two years, extending into 2021.
“This marks the first automotive cybersecurity partnership of its kind between GVSC and a full-line vehicle manufacturer,” GM states in a press release. “Cybersecurity experts from both parties will share best practices, methodologies, tools and approaches focused on conducting penetration testing and cybersecurity risk analysis. In addition to improving cybersecurity processes, both organizations aim to share key learnings with the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) for the development of common standards.”
As part of the new GM cybersecurity research and development agreement, engineers from the Army will embed with their counterparts at GM, while a GM cybersecurity expert will co-locate with the Ground Vehicle Cybersecurity Team.
Automotive cybersecurity is crucial in areas like autonomous drive systems and artificial intelligence, technologies both the military and GM are looking to develop further.
Interestingly, the GVSC is centered at the Detroit Arsenal Army facility in Warren, Michigan, which is just a few miles away from GM’s Global Technical Center, making the GM cybersecurity collaborative effort that much more convenient.
“Working with our collaborative partners in the automotive industry, like we’re doing here with General Motors, is a key component to quickly and efficiently develop out automotive cybersecurity capabilities,” said GVSC director Jeff Langhout. “The opportunities that our neighbors here in Southeast Michigan present for advanced technology development will pay dividends to our soldiers now, and well into the future.”