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BSI releases safety specification for automated vehicles in the UK
The UK’s National Standards Body, BSI published Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 1881:2020 Assuring the Safety of Automated Vehicle Trial and Testing – Specification. The specification sets out minimum requirements for managing the safety during the development, testing and trials for automated vehicles in the UK.
BSI said the specification is relevant to stakeholders and it will help to provide confidence including operators, authorities, insurers, testbeds and licensing agencies.
The specification provides a new vocabulary of technical terms and definitions for the industry. It is also said that the specification will complement the updated Safety Case Framework report 2.0 created by Zenzic, an organisation dedicated to accelerating the self-driving technology in the UK.
Scott Steedman, Director of Standards at BSI, said: “Our ambition in the UK is to create the best possible environment for the safe trialing, testing and deployment of innovative future vehicle technology. Critically, this depends on having the right standards that will support industry, regulators and build trust with the public. BSI’s standards strategy for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV) is delivering solutions that will accelerate innovation but keep safety first.”
Future of Transport Minister, Rachel Maclean, said: “The UK intends to remain a world leader in transport innovation from the financing and testing of autonomous vehicles through to data, licensing and global standards. That’s why we’re investing more than £200 million into research, development and testbeds for connected and automated vehicles. I welcome these new standards from the BSI as new technologies are rolled out, making the movement of people, goods and services greener, healthier, safer and more reliable.”
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