New safety regime in development to ensure autonomous cars are fit for UK roads

Transport Minister opens new test site for self-driving vehicles, 5G comms and cyber security developers

New safety regime in development to ensure autonomous cars are fit for UK roads

A new safety regime will ensure self-driving vehicles are safe and secure ahead of their wider deployment on UK roads, the Department for Transport (DfT) has announced.

The new test, called CAV PASS, will aim to prevent any defects in driverless cars and ensure they are secure from cyber attacks.

The announcement was made by Minister of State for the Future of Transport, George Freeman during the official opening of Autonomous Village, a self-driving vehicle test facility at Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire with over 40 miles of test track, as well as a private mobile network and a simulator suite.

The new site will allow driverless cars to have their systems challenged in a safe environment, with data being collected to fine-tune software, sensors, 5G telecommunications and cyber security systems.

“A global benchmark for assuring the safety and security”

George Freeman said: “Self-driving vehicles can offer significant rewards for the UK’s economy, road safety and accessibility.

“We are determined to lead in the testing and development of safe autonomous transport.

“This is new terrain, and with our national expertise the UK is well-placed to blaze the trail globally by developing a global benchmark for assuring the safety and security of this exciting technology.”

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