Israeli auto technology takes center stage at CES

Israeli auto technology takes center stage at CES

Elsewhere at CES, startup Foretellix showcased software that might help autonomous-vehicle developers test thousands of permutations of various driving scenarios rather than log thousands of real-world driving miles. Data marketplace company Otonomo announced Mitsubishi Motors Corp. would use its platform to provide in-vehicle services.

Upstream Security, an automotive cybersecurity company based in Herzliya, Israel, highlighted the ongoing car-hacking threat on paper and in practice at CES. The company released its “Global Automotive Cybersecurity Report 2020,” detailing the rise of malicious infiltrations in vehicles, noting a sevenfold increase in such incidents since 2016.

From Las Vegas, the company’s executives demonstrated the ease with which a hacker could commandeer a vehicle from afar, watching as an enlisted expert in Boston sent false commands to a car operating on a closed course in Tel Aviv. He showed he could manipulate safety-critical systems such as steering and braking. He also showed how a nuisance hack — locking doors, for instance — could turn into a major debacle.

“Imagine what would happen if the doors to an entire fleet of delivery vehicles were locked the day before Christmas,” said Dan Sahar, Upstream’s vice president of product.

Tal Cohen, a founding partner in Drive, a business incubator in Tel Aviv, has worked with Upstream and about three dozen other Israeli startups to ready them for the marketplace. He helps match them with global companies such as Aptiv, Hertz, Volvo Group and Honda. To date, he says he’s worked with 40 startups, which have 30 ongoing commercial engagements.

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