Automotive Cybersecurity

ATS integrates the Uptane security framework for OTA updates

ATS, Advanced Telematic Systems is integrating the Uptane security framework into its OTA solutions: OTA Plus and ATS Garage. Uptane is a joint research initiative between NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering, the Southwest Research Institute, and the University of Michigan Transport Research Center, working to develop a common standard for automotive software update security. It was designed in consultation with government regulators, OEMs, and suppliers responsible for 78% of vehicles on U.S. roads.


Uptane builds on The Update Framework (TUF) for software updates in conventional IT systems. The aim is to mitigate all common attacks on software update systems specific to connected vehicles. It was initiated and funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The Uptane design mitigates attacks even if an attacker has direct access to a vehicle’s safety-critical components. The result is that any single attack on infrastructure will be contained to that specific component and cannot compromise vehicle safety, and even multiple simultaneous compromises will have little or no impact on vehicle fleets’ software.

This is why ATS partners with standards organizations and automotive associations, to develop solutions that respond to current challenges and future needs in the connected car industry. In close cooperation with automotive alliance GENIVI and Toyota-backed Automotive Grade Linux (AGL), ATS works on turning best practices into industry standards.

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