Cyber-security on the move
Cyber-security on the move

This week Greg Clark MP, secretary of state for business, energy and industrial strategy, approved 5*StarS as part of the national strategy to establish the UK as a global centre for the development, testing and commercialisation of connected autonomous vehicles.

5*StarS – which partners Horiba Mira, Ricardo, Roke, Thatcham Research and Axillium Research – will receive grant funding from the innovation agency Innovate UK to launch the ‘Automotive Cyber Security through Assurance' project. The project will address the increased threat from cyber-security with the proliferation of connected and autonomous road vehicles.

The consortium will research and develop an innovative assurance methodology to assure that connected autonomous vehicles, components and systems have been designed and tested to the relevant cyber-security standards throughout their lifecycle.

The ultimate aim of the consortium is to develop a 5-star type consumer rating framework, analogous to existing EuroNCAP-type ratings for vehicle safety.

Peter Shaw, chief executive at Thatcham Research, said: “Car security, and specifically cyber-security, is one of the top concerns of UK insurers. We are increasingly seeing more connected vehicles launched every month, whether that is loaded with a new app, or the ability to connect with the Cloud to access data.

“Wherever there is a digital element in the car, it is vulnerable to attack. Consumers and insurers need to know what potential risk this connectivity has. The 5*StarS system will provide this, as well as drive car manufacturers to continually strive to improve car security.”  

Chris Reeves, head of connected autonomous vehicles at Horiba Mira, added, “This project is a major step forward in not only clarifying the risks associated with connected autonomous vehicles for the insurance industry, but also in increasing consumer confidence. The project will also help to realise the commercial opportunity connected autonomous vehicles bring for the UK.”

Business and energy secretary Greg Clark concluded: “We have an excellent record in innovation in the UK and through our Industrial Strategy, we will build on our strengths so the UK auto sector remains world-leading. That is why we have announced support today for 5*StarS as schemes like these will be key to turning research and development into anchoring future production.”