Rogue Wave Software has been an associate member of the GENIVI Alliance for several years. This is the continuation of our discussion with Steve Crumb, executive director at GENIVI, talking about their efforts and the trends they’re seeing in 2016.
What are your thoughts on open source software and security? How can we best prepare ourselves?
Security of highly connected cars is a challenge but not an overwhelming one. In fact, as I talk to automakers, I have been surprised that they are not more concerned. Automakers and suppliers are realizing the need for a “tiered” approach to security and are delivering pretty robust solutions.
With that said, the automotive industry tends to think it is “special” – as does almost every other industry. The fact is that other industries (finance, defense, etc.) have developed a great amount of security-related software. The value of the open source model is that much of this software developed in adjacent industries can have immediate applicability in the automotive context or can be adapted to work in a car. GENIVI is taking this into account as we develop our Remote Vehicle Interaction (RVI) and Software Over the Air (SOTA) solutions. These two technologies are being architected to be highly-secure and to give automakers the ability to quickly patch security breaches without manual intervention by the driver or a service center.
What are some implications if we don’t move toward the adoption of open source in-vehicle infotainment software?
While there are some good proprietary solutions in the market, they remain largely the product of a single company, perhaps with a small cadre of supplier companies. GENIVI believes that single source solutions effectively stifle innovation and drive up costs because the amount of software in a car is rapidly increasing. GENIVI also believes that single source, proprietary software has the potential for being less secure which is a concern in the highly connected world of IVI. Innovation, cost control through reuse and community development, and security are all proven outcomes of an open source approach, as has been seen in several other industries adopting open source software.
Looking forward this year, what do you see as being the big trends, changes we will see in the industry?
GENIVI is considering a number of trends in the industry including cars being highly connected, producing massive amounts of useful data through its sensors, and integrating more seamlessly into a peer-to-peer networks consisting of not just smartphones but smart homes, smart cities and other smart vehicles. Through the Platform for Innovation project, we have applied our RVI work to a car-to-home connectivity proof of concept that will be demonstrated at our next member meeting in Paris this month. GENIVI also sees opportunities to connect to smart cities, smart infrastructure and to make available (in a secured way) the information gathered by cars like available parking spots, traffic delays and other useful information as they travel through a city. The sky is really the limit which is why GENIVI has aggressively expanded our work from in-car features to making the IVI headunit the foundation of the connected vehicle.
Anything else you would like to add?
I think there are still a number of misperceptions about GENIVI that your readers should consider. First, GENIVI’s work is open to any stakeholder interested in IVI software. Second, we aspire to be a community of innovation through our enhanced and highly connected platform currently under development. And finally, GENIVI has special membership options for start-ups and small software suppliers that make joining GENIVI a simple and low-or no-cost option. Questions and comments can be emailed to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.