International VDI Workshop - Cyber Defense for Automotive Navigation

Automotive Sensor Systems – Sensor Technologies on the Way to Autonomous Driving

The international VDI Workshop “Cyber Defense for Automotive Navigation” provides an overview of satellite navigation systems and the sensors used in vehicles. Participants will learn about the strengths and weaknesses of GNSS systems (Global Navigation Satellite Systems) and find out about the possible threats. Specifically, the workshop will demonstrate how to protect from cyber attacks such as jamming or spoofing.

Safe satellite-based Navigation Systems for Autonomous Driving

One of the main prerequisites for autonomous driving is reliable and inch-perfect satellite-based navigation systems. In addition to the GNSS system integrated into the vehicle, a number of sensors, such as cameras, LiDAR and radar are necessary in order to determine a vehicle’s exact position, speed, acceleration and the time it uses. This practically oriented workshop will present you with the main components necessary for satellite-based navigation and give you an overview of the challenges and opportunities that come with this technology.

In particular, the VDI Workshop will focus on new developments in sensor fusion, SLAM technology (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping) and the prevention of cyber attacks. Through best practice examples, you’ll learn how you can protect and secure your navigation systems and sensors effectively.

This pre-conference workshop is the ideal accompaniment to the 6th international VDI Automated Driving Conference and the 5th international VDI Cyber Security for Vehicles Conference. It takes place on July 11th, the day after the conferences, in the same hotel in Dusseldorf. You can profit from a reduced combination price if you book the workshop and conference together.

Workshop Key Topics

Workshop participants will learn about the following key topics:


  • History of the developments in navigation systems
  • Overview of global satellite navigation systems in the automotive sector
  • Introduction into various global satellite navigation systems: GPS, BeiDou, Galileo, Glonass
  • Market overview – the most important actors and stakeholders in global automotive satellite navigation systems
  • GNSS systems: An analysis of strengths and weaknesses
  • Introduction into the most common sensor systems used in cars: Cameras, Radar, LiDAR
  • Map fusion
  • Localization and SLAM (Simultaneous Localization and Mapping)
  • “Self-healing” maps

Discussion Groups – Planned Topics:

  • Hacking the future position of the car – presentation and discussion of various threat scenarios that could come from low GNSS signal levels. These include signal malfunctions and the spoofing of location, time and PNT (Positions, Navigation and Timing).
  • The requirements for safe satellite-based navigation for autonomous driving (cyber protection for sensors / available anti-interference, anti-jamming and anti-spoofing systems / best practices).
  • Reliability standards for trustworthy and effective GNSS signals and sensor fusion. Requirements for accuracy, latency and time resolution in localization for various automotive applications. Discussion about how intelligent algorithms combine data to make inch-perfect navigation possible.


February 12, 2019, 10:00-16:00

Workshop Chair

Regulus Cyber, Israel


  • History of navigation systems & overview of GNSS navigation technology
  • Major constellations used in GNSS: GPS, BeiDou, Galileo, Glonass
  • Key players and stakeholders in automotive GNSS
  • GNSS systems strength and vulnerabilities analysis
  • Introduction to most common automotive sensors & sensor and map fusion
  • Maps self-healing method

Discussion Groups –  Topics include:

  • Hacking the future vehicle’s location - presenting and discussing various threat scenarios on the low signal strength of GNSS reception and the resulting vulnerabilities
  • Security requirements and best pratices for safe satellite based navigation for driverless technology
  • Reliability standards for trusted and effective GNSS signal and fusion with other sensors

Future Outlook, Discussion and Conclusion

(Please note that the number of participants is limited. Registrations and individual parts and segments of the workshop are subject to confirmation.)

Who should attend the Workshop?

This workshop is aimed at professionals and management level at OEMs and suppliers involved with sensors and global satellite navigation systems. Employees working in the following areas will find this workshop invaluable:

  • ADAS / Driver Assistance Systems
  • Car safety
  • Sensor systems for environment analysis
  • Development and engineering
  • Test & simulation
  • System development
  • Software architecture and development
  • Electrics/Electronics
  • Safety technology and functional safety
  • Sensors und data fusion

Your Speaker and Workshop Leader

Dror Katalan is a project manager and system engineer of complex multidisciplinary systems. He spent 10 years with Rafael researching and developing electro-optical systems for the Israeli defense industry. Prior to that he developed wafer inspection systems at Applied Materials. He holds B.Sc. and M.Sc. both from the Technicon in Mechanical Engineering.

Book your Ticket now

You’d like to learn how sensors and satellite-based navigation systems in cars can be effectively protected from current cyber attacks? You’d like to discuss this issue as well as specific challenges from your daily work? Then book the VDI Cyber Defense for Automotive Navigation Workshop now and profit from the reduced package price by registrating for the Automated Driving or Cyber Security for Vehicles conference as well!

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