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M2M in the car: Changing the way we drive

Posted: 16 Jul 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:machine-to-machine? M2M? eToll? CAN? USB?

Easy in-car integration is enabled by a broad range of interfaces, which include CAN and USB, multiple serial inter-processor buses, A/D and D/A converters, and analogue in & outputs for audio signals. In addition ATOP can be employed as a front-end to more advanced, open-service telematics platforms.

Of course, as we have all come to learn, anything connected to the Internet is subject to attack. In situations involving payments and even personal safety, it is all the more important to protect the data in the vehicle as well as in transit. While traditional software solutions abound, there remain many potential vulnerabilities. Moreover, as connectivity in the vehicle continues to expand across technologies, the surface area for attack also expands, providing easy access to in-car networks as well as the Internet. That why ATOP employs embedded hardware security for rock-solid private key protection to provide the utmost in privacy and data integrity. Thanks to these on-board security resources, product developers and manufacturers can offer devices with embedded fraud prevention and tamper evidence without the extra effort of additional security precautions. These products can even be used in end-to-end transaction systems requiring Common Criteria level 5+.

A huge market with enormous potential
It is hard to exaggerate the potential of vehicle telematics: over 60 million were manufactured in 2012. Take up of telematics solutions is still very low, which means that there is a huge untapped market. This situation will change rapidly and government legislation is a key driver. There is the ERA-Glonass initiative in Russia, Contran 245 in Brazil and e-Call in Europe, which should be mandatory in most countries by 2015.

As communications in and around the vehicle continue to proliferate, it wont be long before the car becomes a sort of vehicular smart phone in and of itself enabling all the functionality of the Internet right in the dashboard. Expect the car to schedule its own maintenance appointments and remind you to go when you start up. Need to book a hotel room on your way? The car can do it for you. Sync with your calendar, and it could even order flowers or book a dinner reservation on your anniversary before you get in trouble for forgetting.

We may also soon find that the combination of location awareness, vehicle-to-vehicle communications and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications (using roadway sensor networks), together with systems sensors monitoring everything from tyre pressure to fluid levels to RPMs, makes cellular-based emergency calling obsolete.

About the author
After serving for ten years as CMO of Telit, Dominik Hierl took the reins of the new Telit Automotive Solutions in March of 2014 responsible for the successful integration of the ATOP division, purchased from NXP Semiconductors as well as expanding Telits reach into the Automotive OEM segment.

Prior to joining Telit, Hierl was VP Business Development at Siemens AG, Wireless Modules, responsible for the strategy and business development of Wireless Modules division and a member of the management board of the division. Prior to working with Siemens, Mr. Hierl worked in sales at Rohde & Schwarz. He holds degrees in Electrical Engineering and Industrial Engineering from Fachhochschule Mnchen.

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