In the automotive sector, HSMs are used in smart connected car management. An ever-growing array of sensors, components and devices is being connected to software applications and controlled via electronic modules so as to enable system-wide exchange of information on operating conditions and other relevant vehicle data.
HSMs support the industry in connecting these components with one another and with the vehicle environment, and in securing communication between the various control devices. They ensure that individual vehicle functions cannot be manipulated or deactivated via unauthorized access by third parties (e.g. by way of upload of malware to a control device). They also prevent changes in vehicle properties or functions (e.g. chip tuning, falsification of the odometer reading) and protect personal driver data generated via externally connected devices such as smartphones.