BSI unveils new safety requirements to help ensure safe trials and tests of automated vehicles

First deliverable from government and industry-backed standardisation programme to help promote safe public trials and development testing of automated vehicles


SI, in its role as the UK’s National Standards Body, has released PAS 1881 Assuring safety of automated vehicle trials and testing. The

specification sets out minimum requirements for managing safety during development testing and when trialling automated vehicles, such as driverless cars, both on and off public roads.

It is the first fast-tracked standardization document, known as a Publicly Available Specification (PAS), to be published as part of BSI’s two-year CAV Standards Programme. The Programme, has been delivered in conjunction with the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV), Department for Transport, Innovate UK and Zenzic. It aims to

accelerate the safe use of CAVs with guidance and technical standards.

As the UK positions itself as global centre for CAV development, PAS 1881 can help organisations involved in testing and public trials of CAVs to demonstrate that their safety case follows good practice. It will help provide confidence to insurers, authorities and the public. BSI has been able to harness the experience of innovative CAV trials and testing already taking place in the UK to develop a world-leading document with PAS 1881, one of the first of its kind globally. This free to download PAS has been produced by a steering group made-up of organizations from the UK CAV eco-system, including TRL and other automotive and technology professionals.

ResiCAV project wins Government cybersecurity competition


pioneering project to ensure that connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) and their infrastructure are protected against rising cybersecurity

threats, has been named as a winner of a government competition.

ResiCAV – a ground-breaking programme that looks at how the mobility industry will detect, understand and respond to emerging cybersecurity threats in real-time – is one of seven projects announced as part of the. The ResiCAV consortium will receive a grant to help CAVs develop real-time responsiveness to cybersecurity threats. The consortium will set out the requirements and specifications for Vehicle Security Operations Centres (VSOCs) that support the monitoring demands of the forthcoming ISO/SAE 21434, plus extend the application of artificial intelligence and data visualisation techniques. Finally, ResiCAV will deliver the requirements for a UK road transport Cybersecurity Centre of Excellence to support the

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UK’s position of meeting the global challenge of automotive cybersecurity head on. Combining cross-sector expertise, it will be delivered by a consortium led by leading engineering consultancy HORIBA MIRA, international security experts Thales and global telecommunications solutions provider BT, with further support from WMG University of Warwick, the Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS), Oxfordshire County Council, AESIN Techworks, plus the University of South Wales, the University of Bristol, Coventry University and the National Digital Exploitation Centre (NDEC). The Cybersecurity Feasibility Studies competition launched in August 2019 and called for the automotive industry to submit their ideas on how to create a robust cybersecurity solution to support the mainstream rollout of CAVs across the UK and ensure a solution that both addresses and informs the expectations of significant emerging cybersecurity industry standards. It has been spearheaded by government-led

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entities including Zenzic, Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV), Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Department for Transport (DfT). Some £2million will now be invested in the seven separate projects.

Welcoming the competition win, Anthony Martin, head of vehicle resilience technologies at HORIBA MIRA, comments: “As the first project of its kind, ResiCAV brings together unique expertise in automotive engineering, cybersecurity systems and artificial intelligence. We’re delighted that it has been recognised as one of the winners in the Cybersecurity Feasibility Studies competition. “With CAV technologies continuing to develop at such a rapid pace and only set to evolve in complexity, the project will play an

integral part in enabling the mobility industry to respond to emerging cybersecurity threats in real-time, by setting out clear parameters for measuring operational resilience, developing roadside infrastructure and supporting services. “We look forward to working with our key project partners in creating the world-class cybersecurity framework necessary to support the mass deployment of CAVs across the UK, and globally, in the coming years.” Mark Cracknell, head of technology at Zenzic, says: “Zenzic is proud to be co-ordinating the CCAV sponsored Cyber feasibility programme. This programme is bringing together the UK’s leading experts in Cyber-Physical systems and will shape the UK’s position as leaders in cyber security for connected and automated mobility.”

PAS 1881 will supplement UK government’s own Code of Practice for trialling automated vehicles with core requirements for managing safety during trials and testing. It also complements the updated Safety Case Framework Report 2.0, also available today, created by Zenzic, the organisation dedicated to accelerating the self-driving revolution in the UK and TRL. The report offers high-level guidance and supporting processes to ensure a consistent approach to safety is adopted across the UK’s testbed ecosystem, in line with good practice and PAS 1881.

The launch coincides with the publication of a new vocabulary of key technical terms and definitions for the industry by BSI. The digital database will provide a much-needed touchstone for those involved in CAVs and its development has been designed to reflect the fast-changing nature of the market. Scott Steedman, director of standards at BSI, says: “Our ambition in the UK is to create the best possible environment for the safe trialling, testing and deployment of innovative future vehicle technology. Critically, this depends on having the right standards that will support industry, regulators and build trust with the public. BSI’s standards strategy for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV) is delivering solutions that will accelerate innovation but keep safety first.”

Future of Transport Minister Rachel Maclean says: “The UK intends to remain a world leader in transport innovation from the financing and testing of autonomous vehicles through to data, licencing and global standards. That’s why we’re investing more than £200m into research, development and testbeds for connected and automated vehicles. I welcome these new standards from the BSI as new technologies are rolled out, making the movement of people, goods and services greener, healthier, safer and more reliable.”

Richard Porter, director of technology and Innovation at Zenzic says: “PAS 1881’s development has been supported by Zenzic’s CAV Testbed Partners across the UK and forms the basis for our own updated safety case framework. Organisations who adhere to the framework while developing self-driving technology will be able to move more easily between the different capabilities and environments that our Testbed partner facilities provide.”

The second PAS from the Programme, PAS 1880, will create guidelines for assessing the safety of control systems in automated vehicles from driverless pods to full production vehicles. It is due to launch in March and 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.

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