Frost & Sullivan: Connected, autonomous commercial vehicles face daunting cyber threats

Complex cybersecurity threats, where security breaches could have devastating consequences in terms of lost productivity, disrupted supply chains, and plummeting revenues, are among lingering concerns for connected and autonomous vehicles, according to a recent analysis from Frost & Sullivan.

The agency estimates that 55 percent of trucks in North America and 43 percent of trucks in Europe will be connected by 2025. This will highlight the critical need for robust cybersecurity solutions with active multi-layer protection that address the unique safety requirements of connected and autonomous commercial vehicles.

“Hackers perceive commercial vehicles carrying high-value goods to be more lucrative than passenger vehicles,” says Sathya Kabirdas, research director for connected fleets at Frost & Sullivan. “Greater sophistication makes cyber threats harder to identify. At the same time, these threats are no longer universal. They are evolving to target specific industries and use cases.”

New analysis by Frost & Sullivan, “Automotive Cybersecurity Emerges as a Strategic Priority in an Era of Connected and Autonomous Commercial Vehicles,” finds that automotive cybersecurity solutions are emerging as a strategic priority for automakers, many of whom are partnering with automotive cybersecurity specialists to ensure the safe and successful deployment of connected and autonomous commercial vehicles.

“Ideally, such solutions should also have future-proof technologies designed on the premise that the vehicle’s systems can be penetrated in ways that were not observed when the vehicle was designed,” notes Frost & Sullivan Senior Mobility Consultant Byron Messaris. â€śAccordingly, they will employ compelling countermeasure-based technology in machine learning (ML) to ensure maximum protection.”

Several new companies and partnerships are already transforming the automotive cybersecurity space. SafeRide Technologies, for instance, has developed solutions that leverage AI and ML technologies to detect and prevent not just known but unknown threats as well. Simultaneously, the addition of software capabilities to its vSentry™ solution, through a strategic partnership with Irdeto, highlights the central role that comprehensive, advanced cybersecurity solutions will play in the future of connected and autonomous commercial vehicles.