Connected & Autonomous Vehicles - Safe, Cyber-Secure, Private? How confident are you?

Brought to you by The Automotive & Transport Group

The Automotive Industry is going through profound change, with the rapid emergence of next generation connected vehicles and autonomous vehicles being tested daily on our roads.

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We are creating the biggest transformation of the motor vehicle in its 150+ year history: for the first time, the driver will no longer be exclusively in control and the implications are truly disruptive.

How secure will these vehicles be and from what threats? Will they be secure enough and by whose measure? Manufacturers must deliver robust in-vehicle platforms that are also resilient to influence from externally connected systems, by whatever means. With many manufacturers connecting vehicles to third party cloud services the opportunities for mischief and worse loom large. The challenge will be to keep up with the ever-growing ‘threat profile’ and develop platforms and test solutions that deliver future-proof vehicles with certified resilience to these threats.

How will the motor industry, insurers and governments respond to the challenges and what are the societal implications of this not being executed well, right from the start?

This Special Interest Group meeting will bring together five insightful views of these challenges, from different industries and perspectives.

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Registration over lunch and refreshments


Introduction to Automotive & Transport SIG from Andrew Ashby, Plextek Consulting


Quantifying the risk of the connected and autonomous vehicle: Andrew Miller, Chief Technical Officer, Thatcham

Motor insurers have historically played a proactive part in improving vehicle security in the UK, which is now widely regarded to be the most secure in the world. The new connected vehicle landscape provides new threats and Thatcham Research will be charged with understanding and quantifying this. We examine the potential threats and timescales for these, and suggest a strategy for managing these in the UK.




Cyber security – hype, myths and an engineering approach: Mike Parris, Head of Secure Car Division, SBD

Mike Parris will review some recent claims and reported ‘hacks’, separating the noise from reality. He will then explore some of the issues facing OEMs and their suppliers in addressing the growing threat of cyber security attacks and suggest a pragmatic way forward to meet the demands of the automotive industry.




Refreshments and networking


Laying the foundation for connected vehicle security: digital trust & identity: Nick Cook, CIO, Intercede

Nick explores the need for digital trust as a cornerstone of connected vehicle cyber security and discusses how, with proper lifecycle management of strong digital identities, it is possible to establish digital trust and then maintain it throughout the life of the vehicle.




Application specific cyber security the way ahead in distributed automotive systems: Peter Davies, Technical Director, Thales e-Security

Automotive systems are made up of components supplied by multiple vendors with a legal obligation not to lock suppliers out of the supply chain. Furthermore, these systems are increasingly integrated with global information and management networks. In the face of cyber-attacks it must be possible to understand how remediation may be rapidly applied. This talk will argue that there is no option to do this by seeking to control the global attack surface and that many of the techniques being discussed will in fact worsen the ability of distributed systems to defend themselves. Understanding what is reasonable, or semantically sensible, for a component of a certain type to be doing offers most promise in defending in a quantifiable way automotive security systems.




Panel session with all speakers chaired by SIG Champion, Nigel Wall, Climate Associates


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Nick Cook - CIO, Intercede

Peter Davies - Director, Thales

Neil Fulton - Programme Director, Connected Places Catapult

The Transport Systems Catapult is one of eleven elite technology and innovation centres established and overseen by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK.

Andrew Miller - Chief Technical Officer, Thatcham Research

Mike Parris - Head of Secure Car Division, SBD

SIG Champions

Andre Burgess - Strategic Business Development, Digital, National Physical Laboratory

NPL’s nominated SIG Champion, Andre Burgess runs Strategic partnerships for the Digital Sector at NPL where he is also leading on its activities in CAV R&D as well as the development of new testing infrastructure for future integrated communications networks.  Andre has a long experience in product and service innovation in the TMT sector, including NTL (now Virgin Media) and Three.  He subsequently established a successful business designing and deploying disruptive digital end user products and services.  More recently he turned his focus on the energy and environment sector, working with distributed generators, housing providers and local authorities, to develop innovative data centric services to optimise localised energy generation and affordable smart home services.  With a mission to ensure data can be trusted and shared openly in the future, he joined NPL in 2017.

Tom Jellicoe - Autonomous Driving Lead, TTP plc

Dr. Tom Jellicoe leads the autonomous driving team at TTP, Europe’s largest independent deep tech consultancy. TTP work with ambitious clients to invent, design and develop disruptive products based on advances in science and engineering. Tom’s team develop enabling technologies for the sensors on autonomous vehicles include lidar, vision systems and thermal cameras. Tom has a Ph.D. in Optoelectronics from the University of Cambridge.

John Okas - CCO, Real Wireless

John has worked in wireless and telecommunications throughout his career. Initially with Motorola and Racal in engineering and product marketing roles. He was a founding director of NTL (now Arqiva), initially as Business Development Director building and managing the complete commercial organisation. He also managed the R&D Group which developed one of the first commercially available MPEG video compression systems. Then as Managing Director - Telecommunications he was responsible for growing NTL's wireless business and entering the fixed telecommunications and satellite services markets. Moving to Pell Frischmann the consulting engineers, he started a telecommunications business and was involved in several large transportation projects including the Highways Agency's NRTS Project which updated the motorway communication systems. Currently he operates as an independent consultant covering technical, commercial and product strategies. He works with other consultancies including Real Wireless, the independent wireless experts, who develop strategy, policy and practical solutions. John has a close interest in the IoT/M2M market within the transport sector; he worked with the Weightless SIG at its formation to help identify market requirements.

Tom Robinson - Technical Director, Conigital

Tom has a background in software engineering and worked in the automotive industry for over 20 years, during this time Tom has held responsibility for business units at several world leading automotive consultancies including Pi Technology, Ricardo and Applus IDIADA.

For 6 years Tom supported InnovITS (UK Centre of Excellence for Tranport Telematics and Sustainable Mobility) as a non-executive director to help promote the establishment of UK ITS capability. He has championed and directed a number of innovation programmes in the ITS including the Innovate UK MuCCA, EU SARTRE, InnovITS FaCITS, and TSB ERTOC projects. Tom is currently working at Conigital Ltd as an Associate Director helping drive the future towards CAV.

Nigel Wall - Director, Climate Associates

Nigel has been involved with connected vehicle research since 1992 when he led BT’s mobile data research team – initially using modems on first generation analogue TACS mobile phones! Since 2001 he has worked an independent complex-systems engineer, with a primary specialism in connected vehicles. For the last seven years he has acted as the Monitoring Officer for twelve of the Connected and Autonomous Vehicle research projects supported by Innovate UK and the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles. These projects included Gateway, Venturer, UK Autodrive, MOVE UK, INSIGHT, Flourish and UK Cite. During this period he has not offered CAV-related consultancy services to other companies to avoid any potential conflict of interest. As these Innovate UK projects have now completed, he is now returning to offer traditional consultancy services to organisations that need to pragmatic advice on developing market share in this exciting market.

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Transport Systems Catapult, 170 Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes MK9

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