Neya Systems, a provider of off-road autonomy and mission planning software, yesterday announced a new strategic initiative. The company says it will develop a cybersecurity standard for autonomous ground vehicles (AGVs).
Pittsburgh-based Neya Systems says the development effort will focus on enhancing the protection, mitigation, recovery, and adaptability of AGVs. The company says it will do this by applying Department of Defense (DoD) Zero Trust cybersecurity to its autonomy software.
Neya Systems, which is a subsidiary of Applied Research Associates, said its ultimate goal is to push its autonomy software beyond existing automotive security. To manage this task, the company says it will use the Autonomous Intelligent Cyberdefense Agent (AICA) reference architecture to apply cyber extensions to its Mission Planning and Management Software (MPMS).
The company says it plans to develop, train, and test its new cyber systems using its Virtual Integration and Simulation Environment (VISE). By utilizing VISE, Neya Systems will be able to safely develop new capabilities and demonstrate viability thousands of times before it starts field testing.
“By introducing and managing zero trust principles for autonomy in vehicles, Neya Systems is paving the way for safer and more secure transportation systems,” Kurt Bruck, division manager of Neya Systems, said. “We are excited to be focused on developing technology that will establish a more secure future for our ground and autonomous vehicles. Our team is committed to delivering fully functional cyber autonomy that will help protect the safety and security of our nation’s commercial and defense-related transportation systems.”
Neya Systems offers a full suite of autonomy systems. These systems include mission planning, navigation, perception, machine learning, and low-level control capabilities. The company works with defense and commercial companies.
The company was founded in 2009 by Parag Batavia, now Neya Systems’ chief technology strategist. The company says it is committed to advancing the field of unmanned systems through the development and integration of cutting-edge technologies. It has expertise in autonomy, computer vision, cybersecurity, and general unmanned systems development and deployment.