Kaspersky and AVL Software and Functions develop secure autonomous driving controller

The controller is an open and customisable development platform for both prototype and series development and is safe and ‘secure by design’

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Kaspersky has integrated its new automotive KasperskyOS into an electronic control unit (ECU) of an advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS), developed by AVL Software and Functions GmbH. According to the security vendor, this controller is an open and customisable development platform for both prototype and series development and is safe and ‘secure by design’ as it runs on KasperskyOS.

In this application, the secure operating system is designed to protect communications between ADAS components and to safeguard all the autonomous vehicle functions. As part of the security features, KasperskyOS guarantees that undeclared functionality – either unnoticed at launch or inserted through system updates – cannot be exploited and will not affect the performance of autonomous vehicles.  

The hardware platform also supports Controller Area Network and automotive Ethernet standards, allowing secure communication between devices within a vehicle.

“When it comes to partially controlled autonomous vehicles, it becomes especially important to guarantee security and safety of the driver, along with passengers and pedestrians. Even if there are vulnerabilities in a vehicle’s software, any attempts to leverage them to cause harm will not succeed, as they will be prevented by our operating system, KasperskyOS,” comments Grigory Sizov, Head of KasperskyOS Business Unit, Kaspersky.

Kaspersky has also developed a software development kit (SDK) dubbed as the Kaspersky Automotive Adaptive Platform. With this SDK, AVL SFR can develop applications for automated and even driverless vehicles – such as delivering auto-piloting features, controlling safety systems and monitoring their health.
Kaspersky Automotive Adaptive Platform is ready to be delivered and AVL SFR is showcasing its auto-piloting application to several automotive customers.

Dirk Geyer, Head of Product Segment Safety & Security at AVL SFR, highlights that: “The sophisticated and complex functionality running on connected high performance controllers, like the ADAS ECU, must be protected by a holistic security base, which is located at the level of the operating system. The automotive KasperskyOS has been explicitly designed in that way, as to provide a layer of trust for safety, availability, privacy and reliability for these control systems.”

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