ITS (UK) is working with the British Standards Institution (BSI) to agree standards that connected and automated vehicles should adhere to in order help deliver safety and interoperability for all road users.
The BSI asked ITS (UK) for help in identifying two priority areas for UK standardisation work on connected and automated vehicles and then produce a set of recommendations from ITS (UK) to the Centre for Connected and Automated Vehicles and the BSI.
The meeting was led by Andy Graham from White Willow Consulting and leading consultant Jonathan Harrod Booth. Attendees included Amey, Arup, Dynniq, Highways England, TRL, TfL, TfGM, and the University of Southampton who discussed with the BSI what standards should be considered for connected and automated vehicles and in which areas ITS (UK) members could contribute. After a very interesting and lively discussion which considered ten different aspects, the group agreed on two which it felt they were best placed to influence – firstly virtual testing for certification and validation prior to deployment and secondly the minimum safety-related information a CAV should record post-incident.
The group will now meet virtually to come up with initial recommendations as part of an ongoing dialogue.
Connected Vehicles Group chairman Andy Graham said, “Standardisation is a very important part of the technological development of connected vehicles and, in the future, no doubt automous ones as well. We are delighted to share our expertise with the BSI to ensure the standards deliver safe solutions which are also realistic and achievable.”
ITS (UK) Secretary General Jennie Martin added, “This work is clearly vital to the development of the technology and ITS (UK) members are ideally placed to offer their advice and expertise. This is yet another example of how ITS (UK) delivers real benefit to the industry in general and its members in particular.”
The group is expected to deliver initial recommendations in the early autumn.