The Department for Transport has announced a new cyber security standard that companies developing autonomous vehicles can use as a guideline.
Created in partnership with academics, the National Cyber Security Centre, car companies including Bentley, Ford and Jaguar Land Rover and published by the British Standards Institute, the standard isn't a requirement, but more of a guideline. It's a follow-up to the key principles of vehicle cyber security for connected and automated vehicles released by the DfT last year.
One of the main aims of the standard is to ensure that autonomous cars are as hack-proof as possible. With the UK market for connected cars predicted to be worth £52 billion by 2035, it's not a bad idea to make sure we get it right from the (relatively) early stages onwards.
Minister of State for Transport Jesse Norman explains:
"As vehicles get smarter, major opportunities for the future of mobility increase. But so too do the challenges posed by data theft and hacking.
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 UK is apparently the first country in the world to release a standard of this type. Car manufacturers will be able to use it from today to show that they're complying with best practices (or the government's idea of them) in the field.