New services and secure data transmission: IAV is working on the connected vehicle

      Besides autonomous driving, vehicle connectivity is the second future big issue facing the automotive industry. In future, cars will be part of the Internet, provide their occupants with mobile access to entertainment services and permit mobile shopping. For this, they must be permanently connected to the Internet – which, of course, raises questions of security and data protection. For this reason, IAV is not only developing new mobile services but is also working on applying tried and proven protection mechanisms, such as encryption and firewalls from the world of IT, to the vehicle.

      Safety and security also play a key part in another important aspect: the use of biometric sensors to identify the current state of occupants and respond to it. On the basis of the vital signs measured, the vehicle can, for example, adjust lighting or suggest that the driver take a break. Although this improves road safety, optimum protection must be provided for sensitive personal data here as well.

      IAV has been actively involved in connectivity for many years and places a focus on working with leading players from the IT segment, such as Microsoft and Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

      The car of the future will be able to identify the current state of the driver and any other vehicle occupants. Among others, this will require the use of biometric sensors that measure vital signs, such as pulse rate, heart rate variability, blood pressure, breathing rate and iris size. These values provide a measure of how well occupants are feeling – for instance, the pulse rate is an indicator of the stress level.

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      Soon, the living room and the office will be moving into the vehicle – a development IAV is pioneering and driving forward. A further focus of our work is on the growing level of vehicle connectivity with the driving environment and the Internet. At trade shows such as CES in Las Vegas, we will be picking up on both of these central trends and, together with partners, presenting solutions that are ready to go into volume production.

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      Vehicle connectivity is opening up interesting options for servicing vehicles in the future: from providing tailored, comprehensive information for the driver and provision of innovative service packages to boosting efficiency in the garage process.

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      The Internet is no longer the reserve of human beings – on the contrary. Today, the “Internet of Things” (IoT) interlinks billions of sensors, actuators, machines and entire plants. More and more, cars are also finding their way into the worldwide web. IAV is driving this development forward and connecting vehicles with the Internet of Things: with the “My Digital Assistant” service, for instance.

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      Today, digital security measures are more important than ever before. They need to cover five main protection goals: the integrity, authenticity, availability, confidentiality and trustworthiness of data. This applies to data communication within the vehicle as well as from the vehicle to the outside. In particular, data protection focuses on personal information.

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      Even though many of today’s vehicle models are meanwhile connected to the Internet, users still miss functions they take for granted with other devices they use for the Internet of Things (IoT): regular updates and bug fixes, extending the range of functions, customization to individual needs and integration into the personal digital ecosystem.

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