Re: [SystemSafety] The VW Saga

Date: Mon, 12 Oct 2015 11:32:33 +0200

I am in a trans sector workgroup. One of our automotive colleagues explained us that there is already an emerging “market” of tools to access the SW of cars and that the trend is that such tools will be more and more accessible on internet. This will slowly but surely enable any automotive geek to customize increasing parts of his car. This is more or less like reconfiguring your mobile from scratch.

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From: Matthew Squair [mailto:mattsquair_at_xxxxxx Sent: Monday, October 12, 2015 11:22 AM To: Peter Bernard Ladkin
Cc: RICQUE Bertrand (SAGEM DEFENSE SECURITE); The System Safety List Subject: Re: [SystemSafety] The VW Saga

'm sure it could be done. But maybe testing more realistically so that the test can't be spoofed might be easier? As I understand it that's how the VW issue was found in the US?

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On 2015-10-12 10:48 , RICQUE Bertrand (SAGEM DEFENSE SECURITE) wrote:

It depends.

It sure does!

(I'm slowly beginning to think this is your way of saying "Hi everyone!" :-) )

It raises interesting questions. Can the retrofit be mandatory ? How can the usual periodic tests (very generic) discover a problem designed to be hidden ?

The questions are indeed interesting, and complicated. I raised this issue a while ago (in 2014, I think) privately. Both colleagues thought one could never get companies to agree to open up their SW IP (as Naughton points out, an increasing portion of the value of a product) to third-party inspection. But one of them thinks it an appropriate measure, as I do.

It can't be impossible. For a long time, companies have had to open their finances to independent inspection once a year. For financial companies (some of the very biggest companies), almost their entire IP consists in that. It also doesn't always work (Enron, WorldCom, Lehmann, Madoff). But it mostly does.

So it can be done. What's different about the case for SW?

It would have to be done through legal instrument, as with finances. And if just one country passes such a law, then there is the danger that multinationals will just stop selling their products there.

But I bet there's a way somehow.

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