TCA releases report on connected and automated vehicles


Koniditsiotis says the report maps key issues to progress deployment of SCMS in Australia

TCA releases report on connected and automated vehicles
Chris Koniditsiotis

 

Transport Certification Australia (TCA) has released a new report that explores the security of connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) in the Australian context.

The report, Key Decisions to Progress Australian Deployment of a Security Credential Management System, aims to inform future decisions in Australia.

"Security is an essential backbone to ensure the safe and secure operation of CAVs," TCA CEO Chris Koniditsiotis says.

"CAVs depend on vehicles, road-side infrastructure and other road users communicating with each other in real-time.

"This means what we see as possible blurring between the transport and communication spheres, is in reality, its necessary and inevitable integration.

"Our aim is to ensure that this is seamless and secure.

"The operation of CAVs – and the safety of all road users – depends on new and integrated safety and security mechanisms being established."

The internationally agreed security approach for CAVs is known as the Security Credential Management System (SCMS), as outlined by the US Department of Transportation on December 18 last year.

It states:"A key component of connected vehicle applications is the assurance that messages received from other devices are valid, i.e., a received message has not been sent by a hacker or simply a malfunctioning device. Traffic management functions, and even more crucially, split-second collision avoidance, depend on establishing that received messages can be trusted as accurate. The mechanism that will ensure connected vehicle messages can be trusted is the SCMS."

"The SCMS is a central pillar to enable security across systems, and is fundamental to a C-ITS deployment," the report notes.

"A SCMS is not just a technical system. Nor is it an off-the-shelf product or a ready-made solution.

"A SCMS is both an institutional framework and a piece of infrastructure, encompassing human/management, electronic and physical elements – it is ‘cyber-physical.’

"Like any piece of infrastructure, its development needs to be approached as a long-term investment: the product of careful policy, planning and consideration as to its capability and longevity, and the organisational elements necessary to operate and maintain it."

SCMS is currently being deployed in the US and Europe.

With consideration now underway in Australia, the report outlines the "core issues" for the consideration of decision makers to progress deployment of the SCMS in Australia.

"Like any key piece of infrastructure, a SCMS needs to be approached as a long-term national investment: the product of careful policy, planning and consideration as to its capability and longevity, and the organisational elements necessary to operate and maintain it," Koniditsiotis says.

The report, which can be found here, incorporates feedback and discussion following the release of the TCA's earlier discussion paper, Towards a national vision for a secure, connected future through Cooperative Connected Transport Systems (C-ITS).

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