UK 5*StarS consortium to focus funds on automotive cyber security

As the UK car industry develops ever more advanced technologies for the vehicles of the future, consumer concern continues to grow alongside it, particularly around automotive cyber security. In response to these concerns, 5*StarS, which incorporates Horiba MIRA, Ricardo, Thatcham Research, Roke and Axillium Research, has been awarded government funded grants to develop new technologies that will help defend autonomous cars from cyber security attacks in the future.

The 5*StarS consortium aims to introduce a new system of star ratings for the security of autonomous cars against cyber attacks, similar to Euro NCAP’s ratings for the crash safety of cars. Whilst the final value of funding to be received has not been disclosed, the news follows a recent announcement that Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, which operates under the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, has set aside £100 million for investment in autonomous vehicle testing infrastructure.

With such a significant investment in autonomous technology, the UK is primed to become a leader in the development of driverless technology. As Business & Energy Secretary Greg Clark made clear: “The race for developing connected and autonomous vehicles is accelerating and as a Government we are determined to build on our strengths and ensure the UK is at the forefront of this revolution.”

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