The Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV), UK has invited business proposals to set up a test facility for autonomous vehicles. The objective is to provide facilities that assess how hack-proof autonomous vehicles are.
"Together we will invest up to £2 million in a maximum of five projects to support the development of a connected and autonomous vehicle cyber-security testing facility," said an official government announcement.
The proposal comes hardly a month after the launch of a programme to help create industry standards for autonomous vehicles.
"Self-driving vehicles have the potential to transform the way we travel, helping improve road safety while creating economic benefits. The introduction of these new standards will ensure safety remains our top priority, as we work to accelerate the successful introduction of exciting pioneering technology," Future of Mobility minister Michael Ellis said in the announcement.
The latest project, hosted by CCAV along with Zenzic (formally Meridian Mobility) and Innovate UK, has set up three feasibility criteria for clearing the proposals.
The proposal must find ways to "measure cyber-physical resilience and maintain cyber- security for vehicles, roadside infrastructure, supporting services and so on". It should "provide input specifications for one or more new cyber test facilities", and "explore opportunities to develop new cyber-related services".
The participant organisations must be UK-registered businesses, and should carry out their project work in the UK and "intend to exploit the results from or in the UK".
The chosen organisations will be eligible to receive grant funding of up to £400,000 for the total eligible project costs. There is a provision to include academic institutions or public sector organisations in consortia, which can share up to 50 percent of the total eligible project costs. Applications opened this week and will be accepted here until 25 September.
Research by Transport Systems Catapult says the connected and autonomous vehicle industry will be worth an estimated £52 billion by 2035. The UK has already hosted several trials of autonomous vehicles.