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Koksal and TRC Hold Government Briefing on Autonomous Vehicle Cyber Security

A research collaboration between The Ohio State University and the Transportation Research Center (TRC) fueled discussions on autonomous vehicles on Capitol Hill this week.

Ohio State Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Emre Koksal specializes in cybersecurity within the autonomous (AV) vehicle realms. He joined Joanna Pinkerton, COO of TRC, in Washington on Oct. 3 to brief members of congress, their staff, and self-driving vehicle stakeholders, on recent academic research conducted in the area of cybersecurity.

On September 6th, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3388, the SELF DRIVE Act, with overwhelming bipartisan support. One key element of H.R. 3388 requires highly automated vehicles to have a cybersecurity plan in place for detecting and responding to cyber-attacks, unauthorized intrusions, and false messages.

TRC spokesperson, Pamela Siekman, said Ohio 5th District Congressman Bob Latta visited TRC in February to learn more about its capabilities and research expertise. This visit led to his interest in discovering what cybersecurity testing experiments were taking place, and ultimately the briefing on Capitol Hill.

Siekman said the group discussed cybersecurity and autonomous vehicles, and “were briefed on what research is happening within the autonomous vehicle world, raising awareness, so they understand industry is working on these problems and addressing any vulnerabilities.”

Pinkerton and Koksal were also invited by Ohio Senators Rob Portman and Sherrod Brown to share this research with the Senate Auto Caucus.