Dubai set to launch first cyber standard for driverless cars

Dubai Electronic Security Centre (DESC) is set to launch the first cybersecurity standard for autonomous vehicles (AV) in the region.

The standard will provide requirements and guidelines for the security of driverless cars, and it will be used by the relevant Dubai Government departments to aid them in securing AVs.

The announcement comes as the Dubai Autonomous Transportation Strategy plans to transform 25 percent of the total transportation in Dubai to autonomous mode by 2030.

DESC aims to establish standards and policies to safeguard Dubai’s cyberspace as the safest city electronically.

From flying taxis to Batman-style surveillance motorcycles, Dubai is at the center of innovations that are symbols of the city's ambitions to be a metropolis of the future.

Known for its futuristic skyline and artificial islands, Dubai has carved out a place alongside cities like Singapore as a hub for innovative ideas.

Yousuf Al Shaibanai, director-general of DESC, said: “Dubai is considered one of the forefront modern examples of evolving and developing cities in the world and it is the great appreciation and aspirations of the wise leadership that has advanced us to utilize disrupting technology such as self-driven cars.”

“DESC has worked diligently along with its government partners to establish the best practices and standards to be adopted to enable and secure these emerging technologies against any challenges... we can smoothly move to an era when human drivers are not needed, and self-driving can fully be trusted to be driven hundreds of miles of distance without disruption.”

Dr. Bushra Al Blooshi, DESC research, and innovation manager added: “The initial phase structure of the standard was developed by conducting a full scope survey of the cyber threats and risks facing AVs, and an analysis of the failures/attacks that previously affected autonomous vehicles.

"The cybersecurity standard for autonomous vehicles extensively covers aspects such as the vehicle’s communication security, software security, hardware security, and supply chain security.”
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