Connected Vehicle

OnBoard Security and Mcity working on the development of a new standard for a cryptographic Key Management System

OnBoard Security is working with Mcity on the development of a proposal for a new standard for a cryptographic Key Management System (KMS) for the automotive industry. OnBoard Security is leader in connected vehicle security and privacy, while Mcity is a University of Michigan-led public-private partnership working to advance next-generation mobility.


Cryptographic keys find application in cars for a variety of purposes, including Over-The-Air (OTA) software updates, security immobilizers, inter-module communications, and Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) communication security. Key Management Systems (KMS) are very complex, as the manufacturer has to manage dozens of keys over the long lifetime of a car. A number of proprietary key management solutions have been developed, but the number of unique solutions has added unnecessary costs and complexity for the automakers.

The goal of the KMS project is to identify common use-cases, develop requirements, and propose a KMS solution that could be standardized for the automotive industry. The ideal KMS will be flexible enough to work today and in the future and across legacy systems and differing global car makers’ platforms.

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