Our Transportation History, From Land to Air

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Podcast: Vehicle Cybersecurity

Car manufacturers are scrambling to keep security measures up to par as vehicles provide more and more luxuries to customers – and helping them do so is Alexandra Heckler. Her work for global car manufacturers is directly contributing to the new field of vehicle cybersecurity. Hear her take about why it’s imperative for car manufactures to invest in more security measures to make sure consumer data stays safe. 

Innovation and applied technology was Booz Allen’s sweet spot. Concrete was still being poured in Greater Washington for the Capital Beltway’s road deck when Booz Allen was tasked with applying advanced sensor technologies to traffic management, and designing early anti-lock braking systems. Our client for much of this work, the National Highway Safety Bureau, was the predecessor agency for NHTSA.   

In the 1970s, we led key programs to develop the next generation of transit buses for the Urban Mass Transit Administration. We also evaluated vehicle prototypes for the Department of Energy’s Electric Vehicle Project, and introduced new technology into subway train control and fare-collection systems.

Booz Allen accurately predicted the rapid growth of intermodal rail-and-truck freight transportation in the 1980s. We were equally busy helping clients up in the air and on the waterways, but that’s for another story.  

In the 1980s, Booz Allen studied advanced propulsion and alternative fuels including methanol, gas turbine, compressed natural gas, electric and fuel cell systems. In the ’90s, we performed assignments for the Federal Highway Administration analyzing institutional impediments to advanced traffic management and control systems. We worked extensively on Intelligent Transportation Systems, a national effort to develop and install traffic management systems featuring sensors, communications, computers, signals, and displays designed to improve traffic flow and safety.

Back to the future in 21st century transportation innovation, and “more connected means more vulnerable,” says Booz Allen Vice President Sedar Labarre. “And, the concerns stretch well beyond the vehicle. Back-end IT infrastructure, telecommunications providers, and consumers all offer points of exposure to criminals intent on hacking cars and highway signals and sensors.”

That’s why Booz Allen’s cybersecurity experts work closely with automotive industry professionals and government authorities today to take a systems view toward cyber protection for vehicles and highways.

“Automakers today need to deliver innovation in months, not model years,” says Principal Jon Allen. “There’s plenty of upside and open road for those who secure connectivity and build a relationship of trust with customers.”

So, what are you waiting for? Booz Allen will help you get into the fast lane—moving people and goods more safely, quickly, economically, and sustainably than you ever imagined. 

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