LG Electronics (LG) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with LG Uplus, a South Korean mobile network operator, and CryptoLab, a South Korea-based cryptographic technology company, to develop Post-quantum cryptography (PQC) technology for enhanced automotive cybersecurity.
As the number of connected vehicles on the road grows, so does the demand for cybersecurity solutions that can secure vehicle systems and passengers’ personal information.
PQC is a new technology that will eventually replace the public-key cryptographic system that is now in use in the quantum computing environment. The method has widespread applications in software-centric industries such as finance, telecommunications, data, and application security services.
In collaboration with its fellow MOU members, LG intends to proactively implement PQC technology in its in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems, delivering greater electronic security to its worldwide carmaker partners.
As part of the new deal, LG will secure a next-generation cryptographic system, significantly improving automotive security. The company’s goal is to develop a more secure connected car ecosystem, which includes crucial areas like over-the-air (OTA) updates, point-of-interest (POI) services, and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) services.
Korea gets Quantum Ready.
As Korea is one of the world’s most technologically advanced countries, as you might expect, it is embracing quantum computing and quantum security. In fact, one of the founders of IonQ (Jungsang Kim) is a Korean nationally, at least orignally. IonQ was recently featured as our company of the week and, whilst based in North America, has an international team. Korea is home to Samsung, LG, Hyundai and Kia and more, and some of these companies are wide exporters of products and technologies from smartphones to cars. If the nation embraces Quantum Security, then we can expect these products to end up in the rest of the world, which will have the effect that more consumers will be exposed to quantum technologies, and competitors will be forced to compete with Korean products, which can only likely mean an increased awareness of both quantum computing and quantum security.
For more details of what is happening in Korean quantum space, take a look at our article: A Brief Look At Quantum Technology In Korea, how one of the world’s most technologically advanced nations is tackling Quantum Technology. Also, see our previous articles on Korean Electronics Giant LG joining the IBM Quantum Network to push Applications. We have even seen Quantum Random Number Generators built into smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy.