Volta Trucks and Upstream Security announce cybersecurity partnership

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Upstream will monitor and secure the Volta Zero all-electric truck during the 621-mile London to Geneva EV Rally this summer.
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Volta Commercial Vehicles and Upstream Security, the provider of a cloud-based cybersecurity and data management platform that's purpose-built for automotive and smart mobility, have jointly announced a new partnership that will see the duo team up to give Volta a state-of-the-art platform to provide safety and operational availability of its trucks and charging infrastructure, and to protect drivers and vehicle-sensitive data from a range of cyber threats.

“Ensuring driver safety, vehicle safety, and cybersecurity resilience is a top priority for Volta,” stated Martin Hofmann, Chief Technology & Information Officer of Volta. “During our evaluation process, Upstream Security stood out as the market leader with its comprehensive approach to fleet monitoring and anomaly detection.”

The Volta Zero, pictured above, is the world's first purpose-built, fully electric 16-ton vehicle. It's been designed and engineered for a variety of purposes, such as urban logistics and to reduce the environmental impact of freight deliveries in crowded cities.

"Volta is pioneering a new generation of electric software-defined vehicles that empower delivery fleets with efficiency and security, while fully embracing a zero-emission mindset and the digital transformation of mobility," said Yoav Levy, CEO and co-founder of Upstream Security. "Beyond the many built-in features that enhance the security and safety of the Volta Zero, Upstream’s mobility detection and response platform will offer holistic monitoring and protection for the vehicles, telematics, cloud systems, and connected applications.”

Volta says it has also formed a collaboration with AWS in order to continue building its core platform. The combination of AWS and Upstream, according to Volta, will allow it to benefit from the full potential of connected vehicle and IoT (Internet of Things) data. This will improve vehicle quality, performance monitoring, and ensuring optimal safety and cybersecurity resilience. 

This summer, the Volta Zero will take part in the 621-mile (1,000-km) London-to-Geneva EV Rally. Volta says this will provide a unique opportunity to display the vehicle's capabilities for zero-emissions transportation. 

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“Protecting our electric trucks requires a unique approach to cybersecurity,” adds Hofmann. "With Upstream's platform and its automotive-centric threat intelligence capabilities, we can ensure a future-proof system that continuously unlocks the value of automotive & IoT data, supporting enhanced customer experience, advanced risk management, and our ongoing missions to ensure safety and long-term decarbonization." 

Jay Traugott has covered the automotive and transportation sector for over a decade and now serves as Senior Editor for Clean Trucking. He holds a drifting license and has driven on some of the world's best race tracks, including the Nurburgring and Spa. He lives near Boulder, Colorado, and spends his free time snowboarding, climbing, and hiking. He can be reached at [email protected].

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