CBC Windsor
January 29, 2021

The University of Windsor will be the site of Canada’s first organization dedicated to countering threats Centre tackles infrastructure and data security around autonomous vehicles.

This week, the Automotive Parts Manufacturer’s Association (APMA) partnered with the centre to help guide and inform its research.

APMA president Flavio Volpe said the organization will work closely with the centre, beyond providing funding.

“It would be really easy for us to write a cheque and then say to them ‘good luck,'” Volpe said.

“The fact of the matter is what they need is access to the type of companies and networks that we have and a very indepth and practical understanding of how those companies are connected.”

But he said it also ensures that APMA is at the forefront of this evolving technology.

“We’re one of the global leaders in automotive manufacturing and as the product evolves and the customers’ relationship with the product evolves and, let’s be real, regulators’ relationship with the product evolves, if we’re not in it in every single layer and in the layers that have the most vulnerabilities and we allow those standards to be set around the world, places other than here, those production mandates are going to go somewhere else as well,” he said.

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