CAV testing gets green light

Greg Clark MP, secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy, has given the green light to 5*StarS – the Automotive Cyber Security through Assurance project.

As part of a national strategy to establish the UK as a global centre for the development, testing and commercialisation of connected autonomous vehicles (CAVs), 5*StarS, which partners HORIBA MIRA, Ricardo, Roke, Thatcham Research and Axillium Research, will receive grant funding from the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, to launch the project. The project is aimed at addressing the increased threat from cyber security with the proliferation of connected and autonomous road vehicles.

Following its successful bid to secure funding, the consortium will research and develop an innovative methodology to assure that CAV components and systems have been designed and tested to the relevant cyber security standards throughout their whole lifecycle. The ultimate aim of the consortium is to develop a five star type consumer rating framework, analogous to existing EuroNCAP type ratings for vehicle safety.

Greg Clark said, ‘The race for developing connected and autonomous vehicles is accelerating and as a government we are determined to build on our strengths and ensure the UK is at the forefront of this revolution.

‘We have an excellent record in innovation in the UK and through our Industrial Strategy, we will build on our strengths so the UK auto sector remains world-leading. That is why we have announced support today for 5*StarS as schemes like these will be key to turning research and development into anchoring future production.’