Over the past twelve months, the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) and the technology company ZF have been developing concepts and methods for testing the IT security of AI systems in motor vehicles in the joint AIMobilityAuditPrep project.
Based on scientific findings and existing standards, 50 technically relevant requirements for AI systems were compiled, an expandable test environment for AI systems was developed and the basic feasibility and practical feasibility of the tests were demonstrated using selected use cases in a simulation.
Safety checks for AI in the car
The follow-up project AIMobilityAudit aims to promote the practical implementation of safety checks for AI in automated driving. In the process, concrete test criteria and recommendations for action will be developed, which will be included in the future, among other things, in the development of safety tests for motor vehicles. By September 2024, ZF's AI Lab will implement the project in cooperation with the BSI as the client. Another project partner involved is TÜV Informationstechnik GmbH (TÜVIT), a TÜV NORD GROUP company specializing in IT security.
"Artificial intelligence is a key technology for highly automated driving," says Dr. Georg Schneider, Head of the ZF AI Lab at the Saarbrücken location. “In order to be able to take advantage of the enormous opportunities, we also have to carefully deal with the possible risks. Our concern at ZF is to make the use of artificial intelligence for future mobility transparent, safe and trustworthy in every respect.”
IT security as a basic requirement
“IT security as a basic requirement for trustworthy digitization must also be adequately guaranteed for the use of AI. However, the information, methods and practical tools required for this are currently not sufficiently available. As a thought leader in the field of IT security, the BSI has the task of investigating the risks of using this new technology and its protection options at an early stage on the one hand, and as a service provider for authorities, society and industry on the other hand, the task of transferring research results into practice at an early stage and to participate in the creation of recommendations for action and guidelines. A close exchange with research, industry and authorities is essential for this, as in the present joint project with ZF and TÜVIT for automated driving," emphasizes Arndt von Twickel, project manager at the BSI.More at BSI.Bund.de
About the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) The Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) is the federal cyber security authority and the creator of secure digitization in Germany. The guiding principle: As the federal cyber security authority, the BSI designs information security in digitization through prevention, detection and reaction for the state, economy and society.