New cyber security standard for self-driving cars

Transport Minister Jesse Norman has announced a pioneering new cyber security standard to develop self-driving car technology and help protect autonomous cars from hacking.The UK market for connected and automated vehicles is forecast to be worth up to £52 billion by 2035. Published by the British Standards Institute, the guidance has been developed to set a marker for those developing self-driving car technology.Car manufacturers will be able to use the new standard to demonstrate that they are following the principles set out by the Department for Transport last year, including the expectation that systems should be designed to be resilient to attacks and respond appropriately when its defences fail.Jesse Norman, Future of Mobility Minister, said: “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 standard has been issued thanks to assistance from the car industry, including Jaguar Land Rover, Ford and Bentley, as well as the National Cyber Security Centre.

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