Japanese Startup Works on Auto Security

Trillium is ahead of the rest in the connected-car security game.

Timothy Healey
    Feb 22, 2017 8:15 PM  PT
Japanese Startup Works on Auto Security
author: Timothy Healey    

Tokyo-based automotive tech startup Trillium has just passed its Series A funding round.

Now it's working to be among the first security providers for self-driving cars.

Trillium both designs and builds custom security systems for autonomous cars. These cyber-security systems are multi-layer and adaptive, and while Trillium is focusing on the automotive industry for now, its products will be applicable to other uses across the Internet of Things spectrum.

"With funding now in place, we are set to move quickly to market with a robust and urgently needed solution," David Uze, Trillium's CEO, said in statement, according to Top Tech News. "Hundreds of articles on autonomous driving appear in the media every day, but almost none mention the elephant in the room: automakers do not yet have a reliable defense against cyber-threats. Period. One serious hack could immediately halt progress in automated driving. But we have the remedy."

Trillium claims its systems are robust and comprehensive, in addition to being cost-effective. It also says its software-based approach can prevent threats in all three major "cyber-threat domains" while also being compatible with any operating system or architecture. By cost-effective, Trillium claims it can offer its system at a tenth of the cost of competing systems, most of which aren't yet as close to being finished.

"We have moved into the real-world testing phase via partnerships with a legendary Japanese Super GT racing team and a leading maker of automotive semiconductors. We are now having in-depth discussions with several major automakers and tier-one suppliers. We're ready to implement whenever they are," Uze said.

New investments in Trillium will help it bring its automotive (SecureCAR) and Internet of Things (SecureloT) platforms to market. Not only will it be able to expand in-vehicle implementation, but it will also be able to retrofit some current connected vehicles.

Since security threats are ever-evolving, Trillium will use Security As a Service (SAAS) updates delivered via real-time update platforms that consumers can purchase through automakers or insurers. A beta rollout is expected sometime in 2018 with a market launch targeted for 2020.

The next plan for Trillium is to release a subscription-based security service for all parts of the transportation industry. With this in mind, the company is noodling whether to execute a Series B investment round at some point in the short term.

Security will be a hot conversation topic moving forward as cars become more and more connected, self-driving or not. Trillium is likely going to be just one of many players in the space.

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