Successful economies are dependent on transportation to connect people and goods. America’s transportation infrastructure, however, is aging and its increasing inefficiency (in the form of congestion due to overutilization) costs the economy over $1 trillion annually. Safety is another pressing concern as vehicle collisions cause approximately 40,000 deaths annually in America.

A transportation system based on cooperative, automated vehicles is a solution to these problems. Such a system is expected to reduce accidents, virtually eliminate traffic jams, optimize the flow of people and goods across public roads, extend personal transportation to the disabled and elderly, and lessen the number and size of roadways. Because it also exposes users to new security risks, due to increased reliance on computers, sensors and networked communication, it it is essential that we understand the threats to, and prepare for attacks against, automated vehicles prior to general deployment.

The goal of the SATS project is to provide a secure foundation for a transportation system that increasingly relies on cooperative automation strategies and vehicle connectedness to achieve increases in safety, efficiency, and capacity. Specifically, we are

  1. developing secure and resilient control and sensing regimes for automated vehicles,
  2. building a framework to enable vehicles to establish peer trust, and
  3. designing an infrastructure with the ability to securely gather and disseminate traffic and environmental data to vehicles for optimal route planning and accident avoidance.