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With the massive introduction of computing power and connectivity inside vehicles, our cars are connected to more and more devices, servers, apps and services. However, before exchanging data or engaging in a transaction, it is important to know what – or who - is on the other side of the connection.

Each one of us has multiple identities depending on the context, known as a digital identifier or digital ID. For example, our mobile phone digital ID is our phone number, whereas in a payment context our identity is our credit card number. Similarly, cars have multiple identities for various scenarios.

In this whitepaper, Thales reviews the concepts of digital IDs, authentication and permissions in the automotive market through three concrete examples:

  • the digitalisation of the car key to open and start the engine
  • the electric vehicle (EV) charging subscription and
  • the peer-to-peer communication between cars and related infrastructure (V2X communication)

  • For each use case, the paper describes the associated cybersecurity risks and the attacks that could be set-up by potential hackers.

    It also highlights security mechanisms that should be implemented to deploy safe and trusted services for connected cars, EVs and the many new innovations coming to the auto industry.

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