UK developing world-first “safety standard system” for CAV!

15 October 2019

The UK will introduce a new autonomous vehicle testing system to ensure the safety of self-driving vehicles before they are launched to public roads.

As it is more prevalent than ever, Big Data, A.I. and Connectivity are key components to our evolution as a society and a part of our daily lives. We are active players in a time of exciting social and economic and social change with transport being a key part of this change through delivering connected mobility for the future. However, when it comes to mobility, there are still societal and safety issues to iron out and the UK is committed to taking a leading role. Mobility itself is already being transformed by the new technologies associated with connectivity (companies like UBER, BlaBlaCar and Gobili) and automation, including ‘self-driving’ and the UK looks to be a leader in safety too.

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The CAV PASS safety assurance programme will primarily be focused on implementing advanced testing protocols. Th long term goal of this is to be able to “shore up” the safety and security of self-driven vehicles prior to them been deployed in the mainstream market and end consumer, the public. It will be based and built upon existing guidelines that were first established by the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) in 2015.

Joshua Harris Director of Campaigns for road safety charity Brake, said: “Connected and autonomous vehicles have enormous potential to eliminate driver error and help put an end to the daily tragedy of deaths and serious injuries on our roads. The technology and its potential [are] hugely exciting, but it’s critical that these vehicles are robustly tested for safety before allowing them on our roads. We support the leading role being played by UK government on this important agenda for safe mobility and the safety assurance regime will undoubtedly be fundamental to its future success.”

A network of autonomous vehicle testing facilities is already in development in the UK as the Autonomous Village facility opened its doors for the first time in Millbrook-Culham this week. The testing centre, which is equipped with +70km of test tracks, a private mobile network and a comprehensive simulation facility, will allow not only security testing of self-driving vehicles but also data collection for analysis and implementation in further technology developments in the industry.

Future of Transport Minister George Freeman said: “Self-driving vehicles can offer significant rewards for the UK’s economy, road safety and accessibility. We are determined to lead in the testing and development of safe autonomous transport. This is new terrain, and with our national expertise the UK is well-placed to blaze the trail globally by developing a global benchmark for assuring the safety and security of this exciting technology.”

Our view is that connectivity and automation go hand in hand when it comes to safety measures and standards. It is hence a great effort from UK government which we strongly support on this important matter for safe mobility. We are of the belief that the CAV PASS safety assurance regime will undoubtedly be fundamental to its future success.

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Zenzic (formerly Meridian) was created by government and industry to focus on key areas of UK capability in the global connected and self-driving sector. A sector predicted to be worth £907 billion by 2035.

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