Australian first project to deliver new security system for smart vehicles  

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A new collaboration between the Queensland State and Federal Governments, Integrity Security Solutions (ISS), and the iMOVE Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) will aim to develop a security system to help cars “talk” to each other safely.

The system, called a Security Credential Management System (SCMS), will allow talking cars and ITS infrastructure to exchange authentic and trustworthy information and data up to 10 times a second whilst also identifying untrustworthy sources for removal from the system.

Announcing the project, Queensland’s Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said the system will be used by the Departments’ Ipswich based Cooperative and Automated Vehicle Initiative (CAVI) Cooperative Intelligent Transport System (C-ITS) pilot project.

“The SCMS provides the assurance that the data being rapidly exchanged between cars is trustworthy – this is integral to delivering a secure and safe system for the pilot and participants,” Mr Bailey added.

“The SCMS is an additional control on top of traditional Information and communication technology security measures, that when applied ensures that the system produces reliable and accurate information on which safety decisions can be made.”

“Working with partners from the Federal Government and other State transport jurisdictions enables Queensland to lead and influence national developments in this transformative transport technology space.”

Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher said the Government has made it a priority to help develop smarter, safer and more efficient technologies for Australia’s transport system.

“C-ITS has the potential to bring a range of safety and productivity benefits to road transport, and the Australian Government supports a nationally consistent approach to its deployment,” the Minister continued.

“Ensuring the security of emerging connected and automated vehicles is critical to their uptake and adoption by the public.”

“The Queensland trial will also provide a broader basis to assess the costs and benefits of C-ITS in the Australian urban environment.”

The C-ITS Pilot project is part of the larger Cooperative and Automated Vehicle Initiative (CAVI), which is being delivered by TMR to help prepare for the arrival of new vehicle technologies with safety, mobility and environmental benefits on Queensland roads.

According to Mr Bailey, the CAVI project will also include the testing of a small number of cooperative and highly automated vehicles on South East Queensland roads, as well as investigate options for utilising these emerging technologies to benefit pedestrians, cyclists and motorcycle riders.

“Investment in initiatives such as CAVI and associated security arrangements reaffirms the Queensland Government’s commitment to dramatically reducing the number of deaths and serious injuries on Queensland roads through our Vision Zero approach,” Mr Bailey said.

“Cooperative and automated vehicles present opportunities for increased safety and reduced crashes on the Queensland road network, and it is important we implement these emerging technologies to realise their safety benefits.”

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