Tata Elxsi and IISc to jointly build automotive cybersecurity solution

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Mumbai: Tata Elxsi and IISc (Indian Institute of Science) announced a joint development of an automotive cybersecurity solution under an existing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

This joint development will leverage Tata Elxsi’s artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) capabilities and the business foray towards software-defined vehicles (SDV) and EV solutions, coupled with the strength of advanced research at IISc.
The Tata Elxsi and IISc partnership aims to address the challenges in cybersecurity presented by complex in-vehicle networks of sensors and numerous advancements in software that define the modern driving experience. Advances in vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-anything (V2X) connectivity have presented more opportunities for theft, remote control, tampering, and siphoning of personal information.

Meanwhile, IISc researchers are focusing separately on developing automotive vehicle technologies and network security, smart grids, and other critical systems.

This collaboration will also focus on security and threat detection in connected automotive vehicles, using AI and ML-based intrusion detection. The partnership will also work to prevent and detect potential security threats and anomalies with preventive insights on future and potentially more advanced threats in the system.

“Tata Elxsi recognizes that the automotive industry’s future depends on secure vehicles and trust. In the Connected vehicles space, we have made substantial investments to improve our solution stacks for autonomous vehicles via our ADAS programme, SDV architecture. As vehicles increasingly rely on digital technologies, ensuring cybersecurity is paramount,” said Manoj Raghavan, CEO & MD of Tata Elxsi.

“With IISc’s partnership focusing on cybersecurity solutions and products, we are sure our clients and automakers can build safer, more resilient vehicles while providing peace of mind to end customers,” added Raghavan.
Tata Elxsi’s solutions aim to transform the landscape of automotive cybersecurity through joint product development with IISc’s ECE department.

“In today’s digital and interconnected world, cybersecurity threats are growing with technological advances. At IISc, we are always keen on academia-industry partnerships that can help address such challenges. We are excited to join hands with Tata Elxsi to foster innovations in this important domain of security of connected automotive vehicles,” said Prof G Rangarajan, Director, IISc.

Regarding the association, Prof Rajesh Sundaresan, Dean of the Division of Electrical, Electronics and Computer Sciences (EECS), IISc, said, “A modern car easily has upwards of 3000 chips sensing and controlling the car’s operation. The design complexity associated with enabling safe in-vehicle networking is enormous. This partnership brings together IISc’s strengths in cyber-physical systems security and Tata Elxsi’s strengths in design and technology to enable safe, secure, and connected mobility.”

He emphasized the CSR grant provided earlier by Tata Elxsi for setting up an AI lab at IISc that has dramatically helped students of the institute’s MTech (Artificial Intelligence) programme.

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