Climate change, congested cities and hazardous road and working conditions call for future transportation technology and systems solutions that are safer, cleaner and more efficient. “We have to co-create to produce more sustainable transport systems,” says Tommy Hansson Strand, VP Volvo Group Connected Solutions Innovation Lab. “We are in close contact with start-ups so that we can evaluate the future value of new technologies and business models. Bringing these insights and opportunities back on board is one way that we can support the rest of the Volvo Group.”
The collaboration is a direct result of the Volvo Group’s partnership with DRIVE, an innovation hub that focuses on disruptive start-ups in the Israeli mobility sector. It creates effective collaborations between hand-picked start-ups and the hub’s corporate partners, one of which is Volvo. “The partnership approach is becoming ever more important and the result of the collaboration between Upstream and Volvo has the potential to be beneficial to many people.”
The partnership with Upstream Security is a genuine success story and a perfect fit for Volvo as a global commercial corporation. Even when the level of security is high, there are always opportunities for improving it even further. Upstream Security provides cybersecurity solutions designed specifically to protect connected vehicles from cyber threats. “We are responsible for more than one million customer assets that are connected to our systems and we are continuously looking for opportunities to increase the level of protection from cybersecurity threats,” says Tobias Sternvik, Director Enterprise Architecture at Volvo Group Connected Solutions, the global organisation that leads the development of the Volvo Group’s connected services and solutions.
And Upstream Security’s ambitions are clear. “Our mission is to protect every connected vehicle and smart mobility service on the planet. The collaboration with Volvo will take us even further towards our mission. With our data-driven, cloud-based platform, we can provide Volvo with the capabilities to accomplish secured connected vehicles,” says Yoav Levy, co-founder and CEO Upstream Security.