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FASTR releases a manifesto declaring its organizational and industry intentions

FASTR has released a manifesto, “Toward Tomorrow’s ‘Organically Secure’ Vehicle,” declaring its organizational and industry intentions. Founded by Aeris, Intel Security and Uber in 2016, FASTR seeks to enable innovation in automotive security by marshaling industry-wide collaboration on the actionable applied and theoretical R&D needed now to drive systematic coordination of cybersecurity across the entire supply chain and ensure trust in the connected and autonomous vehicle of the future.


“Autonomy promises to be one of the most significant safety mechanisms the world has ever built,” reads the manifesto from FASTR (Future of Automotive Security Technology Research). “But autonomy and security go hand in hand; autonomy and trust exist in equal measure. If we trust the autonomous technology in the vehicle, we will deploy it widely, and, if we do not, it will remain a laboratory curiosity. Trust depends crucially on security in and around the car.”

The manifesto goes on to outline the opportunities that exist to rearchitect the vehicle so that cybersecurity is at its very foundation and coordinated across the entire, evolving automotive supply chain. In this way, the manifesto says, connected vehicles would be created “organically secure,” systematically more able to deal with threats safely and predictably and, ultimately, to self-heal.

FASTR provides a neutral, pre-competitive, open environment through which the evolving automotive ecosystem can collaborate. FASTR brings together auto-industry veterans and disruptors, technology giants and startups, leading academics and hackers to create the agile, iterative research and produce the reference architectures, proofs of concept, code samples, white papers, best known methods, etc. that automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) need today, to drive requirements across their supply chains, reduce risks and liabilities and foster trust in connected and autonomous vehicles of the future.

FASTR today also announced two new members: Karamba Security, which provides zero false positive autonomous cybersecurity solutions for connected and autonomous vehicles, and Rambus, which is dedicated to providing innovative automotive security solutions including tamper resistance and trusted provisioning services.

Download the manifesto and accompanying infographic here:


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