Vertrauenswürdige IT für autonomes Fahren (Trustworthy IT for Autonomous Driving)


The vehicle of the future is a internally and externally highly networked computer system. Based on a plethora of sensor data, which are evaluated by complex algorithms, the car is depending on its degree of automation able to temporarily take corrective actions (emergency breaking, lane keeping assistance, etc.) or to drive autonomously for a longer period of time.

The safety of an autonomous car now depends on data collected by sensors. This includes sensors inside the car (ultrasonic sensor, radar sensor, etc.), sensors of other cars in close proximity (vehicle to vehicle (V2V) communication) but also data originating from back end IT systems like traffic guidance systems of motorways (vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) communication) or of car manufacturers (vehicle to enterprise (V2E) communication).

The plethora of processed data and their criticality for the car's safety make it necessary to protect their authenticity and integrity. Furthermore, it must be assured that the data originated from a trustworthy system, for instance, a car whose sensors function correctly and which processed the data correctly. Otherwise, fake information might be populated between cars which might cause accidents in extreme cases. For these reasons, the goal of the VITAF project is the creation of technologies which are the basis of trustworthy autonomous driving. These technologies shall be evaluated in a demonstrator.

Besides taking care of the trustworthiness of data related to autonomous driving, VITAF also strives for creating solutions that protect the often person-related data in order to, for instance, prevent the tracing of an automobile and its driver. For this purpose, a solution how person-related data can be processed in this scenario will be elaborated.

After finishing the project, the developed approaches and mechanisms shall be refined by the industrial partners and exploited for future generations of autonomous cars.

VITAF is focusing on four classes of problems:

  • Trustworthy controllers in autonomous cars
  • Trustworthy car-internal data transmission and storage
  • Trustworthy communication with external entities (V2V, V2I, V2E)
  • Data protection and data minimization


  • AVL Software & Functions GmbH
  • b-plus GmbH
  • easycore GmbH
  • Fraunhofer-Institut für Sichere Informationstechnologie (SIT)
  • Hochschule für Wirtschaft und Recht Berlin
  • Technische Hochschule Deggendorf

Related publications

2020-04-01 Holger Kinkelin, Richard von Seck, Christoph Rudolf, Georg Carle, “Hardening X.509 Certificate Issuance using Distributed Ledger Technology,” in NOMS 2020 - IEEE/IFIP Workshop DISSECT 2020, Budapest, Hungary, Apr. 2020. [Preprint] [Bib]

Finished student theses

Author Title Type Advisors Year Links
Chon Kit Kuok Dockerized Network Experiments Done Right MA Richard von Seck, Holger Kinkelin, Filip Rezabek 2021
Christoph Rudolf Tamper-resistant creation of integrity tokens for trustworthy communication in cyber-physical systems MA Dr. Holger Kinkelin, Richard von Seck 2019
Filip Rezabek A Fault-Proof and Tamper-Resistant Certificate Issuance Process MA Dr. Holger Kinkelin, Dr. Jorge Cuellar 2019
Jan Martin Vogt Feasibility of DLT-based Data Storage and Exchange in Small Scale IoT Networks BA Dr. Holger Kinkelin 2019
Julian Roos Modelling Organizational Structues for a Federated Distributed Ledger-Based Certificate Management System BA Dr. Holger Kinkelin 2018
Anil Karatas Experimental Performance Evaluation of Distributed Private Ledgers in a Virtualized Environment MA Dr. Holger Kinkelin, Benedikt Jaeger 2018