Week In Review: Auto, Security, Pervasive Computing

Biden announces $900M for EV charging; FIA selects Siemens for sustainability program; Arteris and Arm partner on autos; Threats from Iran and AI speech


Automotive and mobility

U.S. President Joe Biden announced the approval of $900 million in funding for a nationwide network of electrical vehicle charging stations in 35 states. The money is part of a multi-year, $7.5 billion plan to create 500,000 charging stations along federal highways.

Industry executives told Reuters that remote human supervisors may be a permanent fixture of highly autonomous cars. For years, self-driving companies told consumers that fully autonomous L5 vehicles were only a few months or years away from commercial viability. Those companies have struggled to overcome the technical challenges of developing a vehicle that can “think” like a human when the car encounters a novel situation.

What will auto insurance look like in an autonomous future? According to a new McKinsey report, the answer includes about $5 billion in annual premiums shifting from individual consumers to auto OEMs and vehicle software providers.

Formula 1‘s governing association selected Siemens as its “Official Sustainability PLM Software Supplier.” The Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) said it will begin using Siemens Xcelerator products “to enable the design of vehicles and regulations that reduce energy consumption and emissions.” “If motorsport achieves carbon neutrality, any industry can. With this collaboration, we plan to influence public perceptions and promote sustainable mobility,” said Cedrik Neike, Member of the Managing Board of Siemens AG and CEO Digital Industries.

Arteris and Arm announced a partnership that involves integrating Arm processors with Arteris IP for assembling automotive SoCs. “Arteris continues to see very strong demand for automotive systems because of growing demands for intelligence and sensing and the resulting need for high-performance compute with advanced system-on-chip connectivity,” said K. Charles Janac, president and CEO of Arteris. “We are delighted to extend our partnership with Arm to accelerate best-in-class solutions to support semiconductor companies, Tier 1 suppliers, automotive OEMs, and ride-sharing companies in creating the new world of transportation.”

Tesla gave Hot Chips conference goers another peek at its Project Dojo AI supercomputer, which the company uses to train neural networks for its driving technology. According to a Cadence blog post, Dojo’s architecture involves 25 chips with 354 processors each that are mounted on a wafer-sized interposer, with vertical cooling and power supplies. Cadence, meanwhile, had its own reveals this week: an AI-driven verification platform and a Joint Enterprise Data and AI (JedAI) platform for AI-driven chip design development.

Tesla also is the target of a new class-action lawsuit, which claims its autopilot and autonomous driving technology doesn’t do what the company promised.


Several U.S. and international cybersecurity agencies warned the public of cyberattacks said to be affiliated with the Iranian Government’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The agencies said the attackers are exploiting vulnerabilities in VMware Horizon Log4j, Fortinet, and Microsoft Exchange.

Photo and video deepfakes have been a problem for years, and now malicious parties are using voice and speech to compromise security. In one case, thieves used voice-mimicking software to convince an employee that her boss was asking her to transfer nearly a quarter-million dollars into a secret bank account.

CISA and the NSA published a paper entitled, “Open Radio Access Network Security Considerations.” “Open RAN is an exciting concept, one that opens up several doors to innovation, improved network performance, and a more diverse and competitive cyber ecosystem,” said CISA Acting Assistant Director, Mona Harrington. “However, with those benefits come the potential for additional security concerns. As a community, we must work together to not only identify these concerns but also develop the practices and architecture to mitigate them.” 

The FBI, meanwhile, is warning against cyber attack opportunities on unpatched and outdated medical devices.

Pervasive computing and IoT

Flex Logix unveiled an AI integrated mini-ITX system to simplify edge and embedded AI deployment. The company said possible applications include traffic junction monitoring, data anonymization and privacy, patient monitoring and autonomous machines, among others. “Adding AI inference to a product can be a revenue-generating game changer and being able to leverage an established industry standard accelerates development and time-to-market,” said Barrie Mullins, vice president of product management at Flex Logix.

Upcoming events

Sep. 20-22, MIPI DevCon, virtual.

Sep. 21, SPIE Photonics Industry Summit, Washington D.C.

Sep. 25-30, International Test Conference, hybrid/ Disneyland, Anaheim, CA

Sep. 25-29, SPIE Photomask Technology and Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography, Monterey, CA

Sep. 27, GSA U.S. Executive Forum, Menlo Park, CA

Find more chip industry events here.

In case you missed it

Check out the Auto, Security & Pervasive Computing newsletter for these highlights and more:

  • Driver Monitoring Raises Complexity, Adds Privacy Concerns
  • Design For Security Now Essential For Chips, Systems
  • How Accurate Are New Gas Sensors?
  • L5 Adoption Hinges On 5G/6G
  • Challenges Mount In New Autos

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