In the quest to make automobiles safer, more efficient, and more responsive, additional automation and connectivity have been introduced. However, increased automation and connectivity also increases the risk of a malicious attack. A successful attack of an automobile could compromise safety and damage an automaker's reputation. In order to reduce the likelihood and impact of malicious attacks, ACES will research leading-edge technologies that can be applied to reduce the risk of attack.
The mission of the ACES joint industry program (JIP) is to provide pre-competitive and non-competitive research in automotive embedded systems security to protect the safety, reliability, brand image, trade secrets, and client privacy of members' future products.
- Perform high-risk/high-reward pre-competitive and non-competitive research and development
- Serve as an independent verification and validation entity
- Develop understanding of industry problems and associated risk
- Monitor and share threats and industry research
- Keep abreast of and provide input for emerging safety and security regulations and standards
- Provide members with relevant solutions and actionable results
- Interested companies may join the ACES Consortium at any time during the three-year program
- Annual membership is $90,000
- Three-year is offered to members
- One of SwRI’s internal research programs resulted in a tool called autoTread™, which will be shared with Consortium members
- SwRI will pursue patent applications for technology developed by the ACES program
- Consortium participants will receive a royalty-free license to use the technology developed by the ACES program
Project execution is currently underway.