The Safety Case Framework 2.0 by Zenzic and PAS 1881 by BSI both released enhance guidance for safety in the UK, developing processes for the future of connected and automated mobility (CAM).

BSI automated vehicle standards programme publishes first safety requirements for road trials

BSI, in its roles as the UK’s National Standards Body, has released the first fast-tracked standard for testing connected and automated vehicles (CAV), as part of the world’s first CAV standardisation programme which is being run in conjunction with the UK government.

The specification, Assuring the Safety of Automated Vehicle Trials and Testingsets out minimum requirements for managing safety during development testing and when trialling automated vehicles, such as driverless cars, both on and off public roads.

It is the first standardisation document, known as a Publicly Available Specification (PAS), to be published as part of BSI’s two-year CAV Standards Programme. The Programme is being delivered in conjunction with the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV), Department for TransportInnovate UK and Zenzic. It aims to accelerate the safe use of CAVs through guidance and technical standards.

As the UK positions itself as global centre for CAV development, PAS 1881 can help organisations involved in testing and public trials of CAVs to demonstrate that their safety case follows good practice. It will help provide confidence to insurers, authorities and the public.

BSI has been able to harness the experience of innovative CAV trials and testing already taking place in the UK to develop a world-leading fast-tracked standard, one of the first of its kind globally.  

This free to download document has been produced by a steering group made-up of organisations from the UK CAV eco-system, including TRL and other automotive and technology professionals.

PAS 1881 will supplement UK government’s own Code of Practice for trialling automated vehicles with core requirements for managing safety during trials and testing. It also complements the updated Safety Case Framework Report 2.0, also available today, created by Zenzic, the organisation dedicated to accelerating the self-driving revolution in the UK and TRL. The report offers high-level guidance and supporting processes to ensure a consistent approach to safety is adopted across the UK’s testbed ecosystem, in line with good practice and PAS 1881.

The launch coincides with the publication of a new vocabulary of key technical terms and definitions for the industry by BSI. The digital database will provide a much-needed touchstone for those involved in CAVs and its development has been designed to reflect the fast-changing nature of the market.

The second PAS from the Programme, PAS 1880, will create guidelines for assessing the safety of control systems in automated vehicles from driverless pods to full production vehicles. It is due to launch in March and will help companies designing automated vehicles for use in trials and on public roads to assess with more confidence the safety-levels of their end-product, systems and components.