As part of their development and in order to protect self-driving cars from hacking, the British Standards Institute (BSI) have published new guidance with support from academics and leading car industry businesses.

Jaguar, Land Rover, Bentley and Ford are all involved in this pioneering new standard, as well as the National Cyber Security Centre. The new security standard received funding from the Department for Transport (DfT).

By the year 2035 the UK market for automated vehicles is expected to be worth up to £52 billion.

Speaking about the new guidance, Jesse Norman, future of mobility minister, said:

“As vehicles get smarter, major opportunities for the future of mobility increase. But so too do the challenges posed by data theft and hacking.

“This cyber security standard should help to improve the resilience and readiness of the industry and help keep the UK at the forefront of advancing transport technology.”

Last year the Government published an article that outlined the key principles of cyber security for automated vehicles. One expectation is that their systems should be designed to block or slow down attacks and, if its defences were to fall, respond appropriately.

The new standard is available now to car manufacturers, so they can be sure they are adhering to these principles.