Securious awarded cyber security role in £1.8m Government funded Connected Car project

Securious is delighted to announce that it is part of a successful consortium which has been awarded a £1.8 million Government funded “Connected Car” technology project.

Pete Woodward from Securious and Mark Roberts from Lightfoot

Awarded by Innovate UK, the grant is part of the Government’s commitment to invest in the Connected Car sector, which has been identified as one of the world’s fastest growing technology areas.

The project will be based around the revolutionary in-car technology developed by Exeter-based Lightfoot which help drivers save money, lower harmful emissions and reduce accidents.

Securious will be utilise our sector-leading experience to find new and better solutions for connected car security.

The funding allows a consortium led by Lightfoot, and also including Securious, The Institute of Advanced Motorists, Revolve Technologies, and the University of Bath, to develop connected transportation solutions in the near term and systems to manage communications between autonomous and traditionally driven vehicles in the longer-term.

Lightfoot is one of the UK’s leading businesses in the global race to develop connected transportation solutions and this award places Exeter and the South West as a hub of national excellence.

Local drivers will be recruited to test Lightfoot’s new ‘Connected Car’ solutions, making Exeter a UK hub for the development of this exciting new technology.

The funding is one of 38 automotive research and development projects to receive a share of £109 million announced by the business secretary Greg Clark and transport minister John Hayes.

Director of Securious, Pete Woodward, said:

“Connected car technology is extremely exciting but it is essential that customers know they are secure and their data is safe. Lightfoot is already committed to the highest levels of data privacy and security but Government support through this project will enable us to develop innovative approaches by adapting techniques and best practice from areas that have already been subject to extreme stress testing.”

Commenting on the funding Mark Roberts, Managing Director of Lightfoot, said:

“It’s great to see both Lightfoot and Securious, two Exeter-based companies, involved in this government award.  This shows that the South West is fast becoming a centre of excellence for advance connected car technology.”

Commenting on the grant, Transport Minister John Hayes said:

“I am absolutely committed to improving air quality and reducing pollution in towns and cities, which is essential for people’s health and the environment. This Government is investing just over £109 million to support British businesses in developing innovative, important technologies which will greatly reduce our emissions footprint.”

Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark said:

“As a Government we are determined through the Industrial Strategy to build on our strengths and put the UK at the forefront of this revolution. Investment in this technology is an integral part of this Government’s efforts to ensure the UK auto sector remains competitive and world-leading. The projects being awarded funding today will help extend our excellence in these cutting-edge research fields, helping to safeguard jobs while ensuring the UK remains the go-to destination for automotive excellence.”

Innovate UK Chief Executive Ruth McKernan said:

“These successful industry-led R&D projects will further spearhead UK development of low emission, and connected and autonomous vehicle technology, building on our world-leading research and innovation capability in this area and the significant strength of UK businesses large and small in this field.”