We’re excited to reveal the five startups chosen to help the government’s Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles protect connected truck networks and public safety.
The Secure Connected Transport Challenge, funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, is being delivered in partnership with Zenzic, the body set up by the government and industry to move the UK to a connected vehicle future.
CCAV, Zenzic and Plexal have identified cybersecurity as a major challenge for next generation platooning technologies.
It’s anticipated that platooning could reduce emissions and deliver operating efficiencies that bring down transport costs. But as data is transferred within the infrastructure and between vehicles, it could become vulnerable to cyber attacks or breaches.
Connected vehicles present unique security challenges:
Having defined the challenge, Plexal, CCAV and Zenzic have identified five startups that we’ll work with to uncover, develop and test solutions:
There will be three testing phases the startups will take part in:
Minister of State for Media, Data, and Digital Infrastructure Julia Lopez said:
“We are funding this scheme to help unlock the potential of new technology and protect us from future threats. We’ve challenged the UK’s brightest tech pioneers to explore how we can keep vehicles secure from cyber threats and safely deliver benefits to the UK’s road transport system.”
Saj Huq, director of innovation at Plexal, said:
“Connected trucks and vehicles represent the future of road transport and platooning specifically can unlock benefits society needs, including reducing emissions. But we must build security intrinsically into the infrastructure underpinning connected transport to protect data – along with the vehicles themselves – from potential cyber-physical threats.
“Plexal’s excited to bring our open collaboration model to this hugely important challenge and work with startups, CCAV and Zenzic to uncover innovative solutions. We’ve identified the best startups from our ecosystem to address this challenge and look forward to working with them to bring pioneering new solutions to the market.”
Mark Cracknell, head of CAM at Zenzic, said:
“The future of connected vehicles can bring great benefit, but must be delivered securely. When we bring increasing vehicle autonomy it becomes all the more critical.
The UK has a deep history of cyber resilience capability and today’s SMEs are at the forefront of ensuring that connected and self-driving vehicles are safe, secure and fit for purpose.”