China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) announced the pilot on June 10 as part of the country's New Energy Vehicle Industry Development Plan (2021-2035).
The pilot aims to accelerate the development of network security capabilities for connected vehicles, building an authentication and security trust system for connected vehicles and securing Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) communications.
The MIIT announced the list of participants on August 20, including several universities such as Beijing Institute of Technology, Qihoo 360, China's largest cybersecurity company, and car companies including Nio and Xpeng.
Out of a total of 61 pilot projects, Nio is involved in three, including a project on vehicle-vehicle communication security and interoperable authentication based on local commercial cryptographic algorithms, a project on electric vehicle and charging pile security trust building, and a project on the application of key technologies for secure communication in the vehicle cloud for vehicle networking.
Xpeng is involved in one project, which is a vehicle-cloud communication security capacity building project based on dual certificate system.
Li Auto does not appear in this list.
In accordance with The MIIT's previous requirements, the declaration subjects include basic telecommunication enterprises, Internet enterprises, automobile manufacturers, electronic components enterprises and network security enterprises.
The pilot directions of the project include vehicle and cloud security communication, vehicle and vehicle security communication, vehicle and road security communication and vehicle and device security communication.