UK government sets connected vehicle security plan in motion

The UK government has given the green light to a national strategy to develop cyber security techniques for the testing and commercialisation of connected autonomous vehicles.

UK government sets connected vehicle security plan in motion

As part of the autonomous vehicle strategy the government has this week announced the 5*StarS programme which brings together design and test organisations in a project to address the increased threat from cyber security with the proliferation of connected and autonomous road vehicles.

Called the Automotive Cyber Security through Assurance’ project, it incorporates HORIBA MIRA, Ricardo, Roke, Thatcham Research and Axillium Research.

The organisations will research and develop techniques to assure that connected autonomous vehicles components and systems have been designed and tested to the relevant cyber security standards throughout their whole lifecycle.

The aim of the consortium is to develop a 5 star type consumer rating framework, analogous to existing EuroNCAP type ratings for vehicle safety.

Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark, pictured, said:

“The race for developing connected and autonomous vehicles is accelerating and as a Government we are determined to build on our strengths and ensure the UK is at the forefront of this revolution.

“We have an excellent record in innovation in the UK and through our Industrial Strategy, we will build on our strengths so the UK auto sector remains world-leading.”

This project is apart of the government’s connected autonomous vehicles competition (CAV2) with several projects set to receive a share of up to £31m.

Chris Reeves, Head of Connected Autonomous Vehicles at HORIBA MIRA, said:

“This project is a major step forward in not only clarifying the risks associated with connected autonomous vehicles for the insurance industry, but also in increasing consumer confidence. The project will also help to realise the commercial opportunity connected autonomous vehicles bring for the UK, and we’re delighted to lead a consortium of global players capable of addressing this major emerging challenge.”

Peter Shaw, chief executive at Thatcham Research, believes in-car cyber security is a big concern of UK insurers. “We are increasingly seeing more connected vehicles launched every month, whether that is loaded with a new app, or the ability to connect with the Cloud to access data. Wherever there is a digital element in the car, it is vulnerable to attack. Consumers and insurers need to know what potential risk this connectivity has,” said Shaw.

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