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Digital security provider Gemalto will supply data security and encryption technology to Faraday Future, which aims to deliver its first FF 91 production vehicle by the end of 2018.

Gemalto’s SafeNet Hardware Security Modules (HSMs) will be deployed, with associated professional services to develop the public key infrastructure (PKI). This will generate digital certificates and authenticate communications between the cars, backend systems, users or other stakeholders.

Gemalto says that this protects data flow, for example in providing services such as over-the-air software updates, and will protect against cyber-attacks as the vehicle communicates with connected infrastructure or other connected vehicles. The certificate authority will be integrated into Faraday’s existing architecture.

“Car manufacturers must design for security, otherwise the promise of connected cars becomes vulnerable," Kate Migon, head of Automotive Americas, Gemalto, said in a statement. "By working with Faraday Future, we aim to make security a standard for vehicle systems as they evolve.”

-Farah Alkhalisi