The UK has become the first nation to publish cyber security standards designed specifically to protect self-driving cars from cyber-attacks

The new guidance, published by the British Standards Institute, was developed with academics and experts from Jaguar Land Rover, Ford and Bentley, as well as the National Cyber Security Centre, and funded by the Department for Transport.

The British Standards Institute developed the guidance to set a marker for those developing self-driving car technology.

The UK market for connected and automated vehicles is forecast to be worth up to £52 billion by 2035.

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

"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."

The latest guidance follows a government publication last year which set out key principles of cyber security for automated vehicles, such as the expectation that systems should be designed to be resilient to attacks and respond appropriately when its defences fail.

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