UK partnership launches standards programme for CAVs

Posted: 16 July 2019 | | No comments yet

The partnership hopes to create a set of industry recognised standards that will accelerate the safe and successful deployment of automated vehicles, and champion British expertise in this field.


A partnership between BSI, Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV), the Department for Transport (DfT), Innovate UK and Zenzic, has launched a pioneering programme of standardisation to support the safe deployment of connected and automated vehicles (CAV).

The aim of the programme is to provide guidance and technical standards that will accelerate the safe and successful deployment of automated vehicles and promote UK capability in areas such as CAV design and testing.

According to government research1, the UK CAV industry is forecast to be worth an estimated £52 billion to the UK by 2035. The anticipated benefits of driverless vehicle technology include fewer collisions caused by driver error; increased productivity; reduced congestion and new and inclusive mobility services.

The new programme will shape some of the emerging technical conversations around automated vehicles and promote UK thought leadership and influence through international standards development and collaboration. BSI has established a cross-stakeholder advisory board that pulls in the leading voices from the UK CAV ecosystem including test beds and companies involved in national CAV trials to identify where the industry needs standards. The programme will consider standardisation across areas such as safety, advanced testing, data, cyber security, CAV infrastructure, human factors and the deployment of automated vehicle services.

The first deliverables from the new programme will be two Publicly Available Specifications: PAS 1880 and PAS 1881, relating to safety of automated vehicle development and testing. These are scheduled to be published in early 2020.

PAS 1880 will create guidelines for assessing the safety of control systems in automated vehicles from driverless pods to full production vehicles. It will help companies designing automated vehicles for use in trials and on public roads to assess with more confidence the safety-levels of their end-product, systems and components. 

PAS 1881 will provide assurance to any concerned stakeholders that risks from CAV trials and testing have been adequately managed and will be informed by the work of UK self-driving hub, Zenzic.

“Self-driving vehicles have the potential to transform the way we travel, helping improve road safety while creating economic benefits,” commented Future of Mobility Minister, Michael Ellis. “The introduction of these new standards will ensure safety remains our top priority, as we work to accelerate the successful introduction of exciting pioneering technology.”

Dr Scott Steedman, Director of Standards at BSI, said: “Successful deployment of automated vehicles in the UK depends on overcoming a wide range of challenges in infrastructure, public safety and changes to traditional automotive manufacturing, particularly in relation to software, sensors and new methods of validation and testing. A set of strong, widely accepted standards will cement the UK’s global lead in this space and promote greater trust in these technologies.”



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