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Canadian technology to be used to provide the security for V2V Communications for Crash Avoidance

In mid-July of this year, President Obama was speaking at a federal highway research facility in Northern Virginia about the development and testing of vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) secure communications technology.

What is exciting about this initiative for us in Canada is that the core technology for the security of the V2V and V2I communications was invented by TrustPoint Innovation's founder and proud Canadian, Dr. Scott A. Vanstone! Based on Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC), Scott invented technologies that provide the most efficient means to authenticate and verify the integrity of the messages. Authentication and verification of messages are important to ensure that the vehicle is communicating with another vehicle – not a hacker.

This safety system using secure communication between vehicles is different from the crash avoidance systems currently deployed in vehicles that use on-board sensors, cameras and radar. This advanced system is providing vital information to the driver and is best described by Mike Shulman, the technical leader at Ford Active Safety Research and Innovation and a member of the Crash Avoidance Metrics Partnership (CAMP).

β€œThe system will broadcast the car's information, such as location and speed, 10 times per second with a range of about 300 metres. The distance is perfect for vehicles that may be nearing a collision.”

In V2V communications, bandwidth is limited for over the air communications, and storage of the credentials and software in the car itself provides a severely constrained environment where no other security solution can work besides ECC. In comes TrustPoint Innovation — our expertise in implementing ECC for multiple solutions worldwide is one of the reasons that TrustPoint Innovation was invited to participate in CAMP and to help roll out this next generation safety system.

On August 18, 2014, the USDOT announced the notice of rule making to eventually mandate this technology, and when the system is fully deployed there will be over 250 million automobiles in the United States and Canada using this technology for crash avoidance! In the August 18th announcement USDOT Secretary, Anthony Foxx stated:

“Safety is our top priority, and V2V technology represents the next great advance in saving lives. This technology could move us from helping people survive crashes to helping them avoid crashes altogether — saving lives, saving money and even saving fuel thanks to the widespread benefits it offers.”

The announcement continues to state that V2V technology “… could prevent up to 592,000 crashes and save 1,083 lives per year” and we can thank Dr. Scott Vanstone for that!

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The TrustPoint Innovation Blog covers security industry topics relating to Certificates, Elliptic Curve Cryptography (ECC), Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Communication, Near Field Communication (NFC), Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) Communication, and more.

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