The Future of Transport Minister has opened a test facility complete with a new safety regime called CAV PASS for self-driving vehicles.
According to the government, this cements the UK’s position as the leader in safe testing of self-driving vehicles; CAV PASS is being pioneered in the UK to ensure these vehicles are safe and secure by design.
The safety regime will minimise defects ahead of testing, sale and wider deployment on the roads of the UK.
By using its expertise in vehicle safety and cyber security within government, industry and academia, the government is also developing an assurance system.
The test facility – known as the Autonomous Village – has been opened by George Freeman; this self-driving vehicle test facility is based at Millbrook-Culham, complete with 70km of secure test tracks, a private mobile network and simulator suite.
It is to be part of a wider network of self-driving test facilities throughout the country; it will allow developers to challenge systems in a safe way whilst collecting data to fine-tune software, 5G telecommunications and cyber security systems.
George Freeman commented: “Self-driving vehicles can offer significant rewards for the UK’s economy, road safety and accessibility. We are determined to lead in the testing and development of safe autonomous transport.
“This new terrain, and with our national expertise, the UK is well placed to blaze the trial globally by developing a global benchmark for assuring the safety and security of this exciting technology.”
The CAV PASS system will focus on enabling the advanced trialling of self-driving vehicles, eventually helping to assure the safety and security of such vehicles for mainstream sale and use.
Advanced trials may include those without a human operator, or the assessment of other vehicle types including pods and shuttles.
It also cements the UK’s commitment to safety on roads, no matter the vehicle.