Feasibility funding for autonomous vehicle cyber security

30 August 2019

UK government offers £2m fund for autonomous car security

The UK government (despite the Brexit chaos and uncertainty) seems to yet still be on the forefront of innovation, especially when it comes to Innovation. Technology will play an important part in the UK’s development and economic sustainability in the post-Brexit period and the government is evidently aware of that.

In news announced last week, the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) will be partnering with Zenzic (formally Meridian Mobility) and Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation.

Together they will be offering/investing up to £2 million in a maximum of 5 projects to support the development of a connected and autonomous vehicle cyber-security testing facility in the United Kingdom. The aim is to encourage businesses to – one the one hand – develop methods for testing the cyber security resilience of autonomous cars whilst also taking their supporting infrastructure into consideration.

The ideal outcome for the UK government would be to be able to make use of the research conducted to define a universal testing facility used to determine whether autonomous cars have enough hacking resilience to be allowed on British roads.

The proposal must also in line with one of the five themes as set out by the CCAV which are:

  • Monitoring the cyber health of CAVs and supporting infrastructure
  • How to combat the threats to CAVs, including identifying testing procedures and mitigation techniques
  • Combatting the threats to connected vehicle networks, such as 5G which will keep cars, roadside infrastructure and other IoT sensors connected
  • Determine suitable scalable techniques that could be deployed as cyber threat countermeasures and what processes could be undertaken as risk mitigation
  • Other areas of cyber security

Key information

  • you can receive grant funding of up to £400,000 for your total eligible project costs
  • any academic institutions or public sector organisations in your consortium can share up to 50% of the total eligible project costs
  • the competition opens for applications on 12 August 2019
  • the closing date is midday on 25 September 2019

The grant funding will offer up to £400,000 to applicants for their project costs. Applications for the autonomous vehicle cybersecurity competition are available as of now and will be on 25 September 2019.

The news do not come as a surprise to those in the industry as the UK government had previously also initiated and funded a similar program back in December. The BSI (British Standards Institute) , in conjunction with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) had released a Public Available Specification which outlined the requirements for CAVs security standards.

Conclusively, “it is evident the aim of the project and fund is to future-proof testing facilities for cyber security resilience” quoted our CEO David Fidalgo!

To learn more simply click here to read the official press release, here if you are a company interested in applying or connect Y mobility on the links and emails below to get your idea or project “off the ground”! Now is definitely the time.

Article by Nicholas Kalavas for Y-Mobility

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