UK launches new cyber security standard for self-driving vehicles

The British Standards Institution (BSI), the UK body responsible for national standards, has published a new cyber security standard for developing self-driving car technology.

The cyber security guidance, developed with help from the automotive industry, is intended to help protect self-driving cars from hacking, and is believed to be the first standard of its type.

“As vehicles get smarter, major opportunities for the future of mobility increase. But so too do the challenges posed by data theft and hacking,” said Future of Mobility Minister Jesse Norman.

“This cyber security standard should help to improve the resilience and readiness of the industry, and help keep the UK at the forefront of advancing transport technology.”

The BSI worked with academics and car industry experts, as well as the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre, to develop guidance that would set a marker for developers of self-driving car technology.

Last year, the government published key principles of cyber security for automated vehicles, such as the expectation that systems should be designed to be resilient to attacks, and that they should respond appropriately if defences fail.

The new standard can be used by carmakers to demonstrate that they are following these principles.

The government estimates the UK market for connected and automated vehicles will be worth as much as £52 billion by 2035.