Why OTA Standards Can Be Key to Embracing Automotive Regulation

Why OTA Standards Can Be Key to Embracing Automotive Regulation

Why OTA Standards Can Be Key to Embracing Automotive Regulation 

In the rapidly evolving landscape of the automotive industry, regulations will undoubtedly play a pivotal role in shaping the future of vehicular technology. Two such regulations, WP.29 R155 and R156, have already garnered widespread interest and generated lengthy discussion, especially in the context of Over-the-Air (OTA) technology.  

WP.29, industry shorthand for the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations, is a global regulatory framework that aims to establish uniform technical requirements for vehicles. This encompasses safety, environmental performance, energy efficiency, and a plethora of other factors. Sitting within this framework is R155, which refers to the Cyber Security Management System (CSMS). Meanwhile, R156 pertains to Software Update Management Systems (SUMS).  

One of the great advantages of adhering to developmental standards lies in the collaborative nature of their development. The eSync Alliance is a testament to this, evidenced in the comprehensive nature of the eSync specifications. Together, we have a wealth of white papers guiding implementation across diverse environments, and notably, the maturity of solutions relating to R155 and R156. 

A focal point of R155 involves the assessment of cybersecurity risks in connected vehicles and the implementation of effective mitigations. Adopting eSync as part of its approach grants companies a significant advantage. The eSync Alliance boasts participation from numerous industry players, many of which have collectively evaluated the cybersecurity risks and actively contributed to the refinement of the eSync specifications and implementations. 

R156 introduces a key concern – the requirement for a comprehensive log of software installations, which can be scrutinized by regulatory authorities. Notably, eSync addresses this requirement by inherently logging software installations in every device in the vehicle that is reached by eSync OTA. This functionality has been proven in the field, spanning millions of vehicles worldwide. 

The expansive and detailed specifications laid out by the eSync Alliance present a robust and dependable pathway for automakers and Tier-1 suppliers who are concerned about compliance with WP.29 R155 and R156. Its collaborative spirit and technical maturity demonstrated by the eSync specifications reflect its potential in the ever-evolving landscape of automotive technology and regulation. 

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