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ITS (UK) helps set connected vehicle standards

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ITS (UK) Connected Vehicles Group chairman, Andy Graham

ITS (UK) is working with the British Standards Institution (BSI) to agree standards that connected and automated vehicles should adhere to in order to help deliver safety and interoperability for all road users.

The BSI asked the association to help it identify priority areas for UK standardisation work on CAVs, and to produce a set of recommendations to the Institution and the Centre for Connected and Automated Vehicles.

A recent meeting saw ITS (UK) and member organisations Amey, Arup, Dynniq, Highways England, TRL, TfL, TfGM, and the University of Southampton discuss with the BSI what standards should be considered and in which areas ITS (UK) members could contribute. The meeting was led by Andy Graham from White Willow Consulting and leading consultant Jonathan Harrod Booth.

After a lively discussion which considered ten different aspects, the group agreed on two which it felt best placed to influence. These were, 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.

ITS (UK)’s 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 autonomous 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 and its members.”

The group is expected to deliver initial recommendations in the early autumn.