New vehicle cyber-security rating scheme under discussion

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Feedback is sought from automotive manufacturers, government and insurers by the 5StarS consortium to its consultation paper on establishing an assurance framework to assess the cyber-security of vehicles.

Feedback is sought from automotive manufacturers, government and insurers by the 5StarS consortium to its consultation paper on establishing an assurance framework to assess the cyber-security of vehicles, due to be finalised this summer. The group is funded by Innovate UK, and is made up of HORIBA MIRA, Ricardo, Roke, Thatcham Research and Axillium Research. 

With the rise of new and ingenious technology becoming a common component of new vehicles – from in-car entertainment, to connectivity that will boot up our homes as we drive there – manufacturers must have proven, built-in safeguards and resilience against the emerging threat of cyber attacks. The arrival of Connected Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) is also accelerating the debate around technology’s role, and impact on, road safety.

5StarS aims to develop an assurance framework that underpins future assessments of the cyber-security capabilities of new vehicles and their resilience to attacks.

It proposes manufacturers use resilience as a market differentiator and establish meaningful ways of communicating cyber-security risk to consumers.

It includes meeting requirements of emerging regulations and standards such as ISO/SAE 21434, while introducing independent vehicle vulnerability assessments and proposes a consumer-facing risk rating system to reassure consumers about their choice of vehicle.

Paul Wooderson, cybersecurity principal engineer at HORIBA MIRA and 5StarS project lead, said: "It’s important we address cyber-security assurance for connected and autonomous vehicles, not only for vehicle manufacturers but for the automotive industry as a whole, as well as insurers and consumers. We are now inviting feedback on this paper, which we will use to further enhance the 5StarS framework, providing a positive solution for trusted and resilient mobility."

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