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A Roadmap for Mobility Connectivity?

The mobility sector shares many similar market drivers: environmental, social political, economic, and technological. SAE International, serving the vehicle engineering needs of the aerospace, automotive, and commercial vehicle industries, is in the unique position to review the technological driver of connectivity across the mobility sector. In a recent study on connectivity, SAE learned the primary, common themes across the mobility sector, with respect to this topic, to be “efficiency” and “cybersecurity.”

The study, “Mobility Connectivity: The Big Picture,” presented at SAE 2014 Convergence, also highlights the possibilities for transferring technologies, best practices, and learnings across all three industries.

Technology transfer among these industries to advance mobility is not new. Sharing of information was the impetus of SAE’s earliest standardization efforts. And while information sharing can potentially aid in addressing the complex and challenging issues of connectivity, such as efficiency, it may in fact be paramount to addressing cyber threats—similar to what is being done through Information Sharing and Analysis Centers or SACS, which are used in many industries to share intelligence on security incidents, threats, and vulnerabilities.

With connectivity comes cybersecurity issues. And with the eventual “Internet of Things” and the connecting of everything—including the ground vehicle and aerospace industries—there will be will an increased need for cross-industry collaboration.

The findings of the SAE Connectivity Study are related to connectivity trends in each vehicle-producing segment. Overall conclusions are also highlighted. The insights provided into the similar themes and challenges cutting across the three sectors may possibly serve as a starting point for information sharing and mapping the future of mobility connectivity.