Raising standards for automated vehicle trials, the DfT’s new Code of Practice is an important step toward a culture of ‘open’ data sharing; enabling access with the public, key agencies and emergency services.
“Looking to the future, this latest guidance from DfT is a welcome move toward a more transparent and open platform for connected and automated vehicle (CAV) trials here in the UK,” explains Dr David Hynd, Chief Scientist at TRL.
“With experience gained from involvement across a number of the major CAV trials in the UK, TRL is at the heart of developing robust safety cases for vehicles that are fit for an automated future. In welcoming the changes, we also acknowledge the need for the implementation of international safety standards that will elevate road transport to the same level of safety, scrutiny and sharing of best practice that exists within the aviation industry.”
The importance of a safety case is to provide a body of evidence to demonstrate that potential risks associated with AV trials are understood, proactively managed and mitigated. Measures within the new code provide renewed clarity around the need for a robust safety case and highlight a focus on open data sharing that enables organisations to identify and update safety measures; that will accelerate understanding of these new technologies and the opportunities they deliver. Hynd concludes, “It is our duty to share safety learning to prevent unnecessary casualties on our roads”.
TRL is heavily involved with the development of safety cases for trials of automated vehicles in public spaces and on UK roads; helping to ensure trials are conducted safely and demonstrate compliance with the CCAV Code of Practice. TRL’s safety case frameworks have been developed for several UK CAV test beds, including London’s Smart Mobility Living Lab (SMLL) and automated vehicle trials such as the GATEway project, StreetWise and Helm UK.
Find out more about TRL’s ongoing work to improve safety for CAV’s here: http://www.trl.co.uk
Download the latest code of practice, here: CCAV Code of Practice: Automated Vehicle Trialling.
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