Connected and autonomous vehicles: A UK standards strategy

Vehicles are incorporating more on-board technology, such as safety and navigation features, and dealing with greater levels of connectivity than ever before. As vehicle systems become increasingly centralized and software-dependent, boundaries between drivers, vehicles and systems are blurring. With the move towards more connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs), the need to engineer and manage more complex interfaces between systems has increased. The development of highly automated vehicles will require new safety and testing procedures, and the development of connected vehicles brings with it new risks from cyber threats. New technical demands on the physical and digital infrastructure will also be seen in order to meet the challenges and opportunities associated with CAVs.


In 2016, BSI and the Transport Systems Catapult, supported by the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV), began research to explore the priorities for standards to support the development and deployment of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) in the UK. The project looked at both connected and autonomous road vehicles and followed recommendations made by the Council for Science and Technology to identify areas where standards should be developed for CAVs.


The central findings of Connected and autonomous vehicles – A UK standards strategy, published in March 2017, highlight that standardization is required to help overcome barriers associated with CAV development, such as interoperability or public acceptance issues, while helping accelerate the deployment of the technologies, concepts and models for the industry. Further opportunities exist to establish a lead position globally through international standards development where it complements the UK’s relative technological capabilities.


BSI will be working with industry to take forward the priority areas for standardization and key recommendations of the report.


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