Honeywell and Lear announced at Frankfurt they are collaborating to provide automotive software technology and infrastructure to address threats associated with emerging connected and autonomous vehicle development.

They will pair Honeywell’s intrusion detection technology software and security operations centres with Lear’s automotive electrical distribution systems and connected gateway expertise.

As the industry increases system communications within the vehicle and external connectivity via cellular and satellite communications, the collaborative effort will provide automakers with architecture to address vehicle prognostics and help ensure vehicle safety and security.

The two companies are working under a non-exclusive agreement to develop an effective system to identify and validate software commands and data generated by more than 100m lines of code governing modern vehicle operation. Honeywell’s security centres monitor in vehicle network communications while Lear’s electrical gateways and security modules can be an effective in detecting and reporting anomalies preceding a mechanical failure or intentional hack of the vehicle. Captured data can be transmitted in either real time or via a scheduled download to the security centres for analysis and remediation.

“There are more than a dozen clearly defined attack surfaces which can provide points of entry for hacking into a passenger vehicle, and the number is growing fast. Honeywell is a long-time leader in the development of software that enables safety and cybersecurity solutions for a number of industries, and we are now extending this knowledge to connected and autonomous vehicle development,” said Olivier Rabiller, Honeywell Transportation Systems president and CEO.

“Collaborating with Honeywell is one important aspect of our strategy to create and aggregate the industries best security solutions paired with our leading expertise in connectivity and vehicle networking,” said Frank Orsini, president of Lear E-Systems.