Connected technologies company Harman and Airbiquity, specialist in connected vehicle services, have announced the first automotive grade, end to end intrusion detection system (IDS) for connected vehicles.

With the increasing dependency on software to power vehicle systems and features, cybersecurity has become a threat to connected vehicles and the introduction of new driving assistance, vehicle-to-vehicle communication, and autonomous driving capabilities.

By combining Harman's Intrusion Detection and Prevention System inside the vehicle with Airbiquity's cloud-based Choreo service delivery platform and software and data management solution, the two companies claim to now deliver the most robust connected vehicle security threat detection and response capability for automotive customers and consumers.

Haeman's embedded Ecuhield software – which provides continuous security threat monitoring and identification for internal vehicle networks – detects and logs security intrusions locally. Once logged, Airbiquity's Choreo platform and software and data management solution collects the intrusion information from the vehicle, aggregates it in the cloud, and automates alerts and reports so automotive customers can quickly assess and execute security-centric actions – including the secure transmission and installation of vehicle software updates from the cloud to mitigate future threats and restore impacted systems and components.

Saar Dickman, vice president, automotive cyber security at Harman said: "Car hacking is a very real threat that will continue to increase as we move towards greater connectivity and autonomous vehicles, with more and more new technologies becoming part of the Internet of Things.

"Following years of research in developing Ecushield, we're delighted to be working with Airbiquity to offer the industry the first end to end IDS solution that combines our company's embedded capabilities with Airbiquity's comprehensive back-end software and data management solution. Our mutual goal is to help our customers in ensuring vehicles are safe and secure."