HERE has announced it is buying German company Advanced Telematics Systems in order to, as it puts it, create the most comprehensive security framework for automated cars.
“We live in a wireless world where tv, radio, wifi, cellular and satellite transmissions are all buzzing invisibly around us,” writes the company’s Head of Automotive, Ralph Herrtwich. “At HERE, we place the highest priority on securing our wireless data” which is why we will acquire ATS.”
ATS is a Germany-based software firm that specialises in over-the-air (OTA) software update technology. More specifically, says Herrtwich, their technology is designed to be highly secure and custom-made for the automotive industry. “Since OTA is a critical component in bringing connected and autonomous vehicles to roadways across the globe, we’re thrilled to bring ATS into the fold,” he adds.
“The automotive industry needs an open standards-based system that can deliver software updates in a secure, cost effective, and scalable manner. ATS merges perfectly with existing HERE technology solutions, further building our position as the world’s leading provider of location data and cloud services for vehicles.
“ATS has produced flagship technology that aligns with Uptane, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security supported OTA security framework. Uptane is the most extensive security solution available to defend against attacks on updates for connected vehicles. ATS is also a key contributor to the development of OTA inside GENIVI and Automotive Grade Linux.
“HERE will be adding ATS technology into the perpetually improving and developing portfolio of software solutions we provide. The benefit of this technology will likely find its way into other areas of our data services. In the future, it could impact map solutions like HD Live Map, as well as power updates to drones and other various connected devices.”