ITS (UK) has teamed-up with the British Standards Institution (BSI) to work on required standards for connected and automated vehicles (CAV) to ensure safety and interoperability of all road users. 

The BSI sought the help of ITS (UK) in identifying two key areas on standardisation work on CAV in the UK. 

ITS (UK) will have to produce a set of recommendations, which will be submitted to the Centre for Connected and Automated Vehicles and the BSI.

A meeting led by Andy Graham from White Willow Consulting and leading consultant Jonathan Harrod Booth was recently held for this purpose and was attended by Amey, Arup, Dynniq, Highways England, TRL, TfL, TfGM, and the University of Southampton.

The meeting saw discussion with the BSI on what standards have to be considered for connected and automated vehicles and areas ITS (UK) members could contribute.

"This work is clearly vital to the development of the technology."

This meeting considered ten different aspects and finally, with the group agreeing on two. The first was on the virtual testing for certification and validation before deployment, with the second being on the minimum safety-related information a CAV should record post-incident. 

As part of an ongoing discussion, the group intends to meet virtually to come up with initial recommendations.

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 automous 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 said: "This work is clearly vital to the development of the technology and ITS (UK) members are ideally placed to offer their advice and expertise."

The group is expected to deliver initial recommendations before the year-end.