TRL to launch Connected and Automated Safety Assurance Tool to enable rapid scale-up of CAM trials
ITS (UK) Executive Member TRL has developed a new online software tool to simplify and streamline the approach to safety assurance of Connected and Automated Mobility trialling.
It says this paves the way for rapid-scale up and repeat deployment of CAM trials in multiple locations.
TRL says trials of CAM vehicle technologies are expensive and time-consuming to organise. Ensuring the safety assurance of trials is a key task in which multiple stakeholders play a role.
The TRL CAM-SAT online software tool has been developed as part of Project Endeavour and aims to simplify and streamline the approach to safety assurance of CAM trialling, paving the way for rapid-scale up and repeat deployment of CAM trials in multiple locations.
In advance of the launch of the tool, TRL are organising a series of webinars WC 5th July to invite relevant stakeholders involved in the safety assurance of CAM trials to provide a demo of the tool and canvas feedback.
“The trialling and testing of CAM technology is a fast-changing and rapidly evolving domain,” TRL says in a statement. “One key requirement for any CAM trial is to provide robust safety assurance. There are a wide range of stakeholder groups involved in CAM trials and as a result a number of different approaches have been adopted for the safety assurance of CAM trials. This has led to an inefficient and burdensome process for all parties.”
Project Endeavour is a mobility project designed to accelerate the scale and adoption of autonomous vehicles across the UK. TRL a member of the project consortium working specifically on the dedicated workstream on accelerating the safety assurance of AV trials.
“Within the project, TRL engaged with a range of key stakeholders who are involved in either developing or reviewing safety cases for CAM trials to get feedback on the safety assurance process,” the statement continues. “On the basis of the feedback gathered, TRL has developed an online tool that can be used to guide and support stakeholders involved in the safety assurance of CAM trials. This tool incorporates the requirements outlined in the Department for Transport’s Code of Practice: Automated vehicle trialling and relevant BSI standards (including PAS 1881: Assuring the Safety of Automated Vehicle Trials and Testing). The tool provides a consistent and simple approach to safety case and trial acceptance which will deliver a range of key benefits including:
- Reducing the burden and complexity for safety case reviewers, and accelerating the safety assurance of CAM trials
- Maintaining consistency in requirements for safety assurance across various stakeholders
- Ensuring smoother transition between different CAM trial locations
- Protecting IP for testing organisations.
- Keeping stakeholders up-to-date with standard requirements and good practice.”
TRL says the tool is expected to be of interest to Highway and Local Authorities, Testbeds and landowners, and trials organisations and insurers.
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