Autonomous Vehicles: Threats, Risks, and Opportunities – report released


A recently released ASIS Foundation report provides insights into the challenges and opportunities presented by the rapid advancement of autonomous vehicle (AV) technologies.

The report, Autonomous Vehicles: Threats, Risks, and Opportunities, written by Ishmael Bhila, Peter Lee, and Alison Wakefield, discusses the challenges and opportunities posed by AVs within security operations. While AV technologies hold technological promise and potentially offer great benefits, they also present users with vulnerabilities and implications that demand careful consideration from security practitioners.

“We’ve witnessed the evolution of autonomous vehicle technology since the 1990s,” said principal researcher Alison Wakefield, Co-Director of the Cybersecurity and Criminology Centre at the University of West London. “While these advancements hold immense potential across various sectors, including commercial, military, and security, they also bring risks and challenges.”

The continued advancement of AV technology hinges upon artificial intelligence (AI), which faces ongoing political, legal, and ethical scrutiny. Governments and international bodies are working to develop regulatory frameworks to balance social, economic, and military benefits against potential risks.

The report highlights the complex regulatory landscape surrounding AVs, emphasising the need for practitioners to navigate national and international regulations, industry frameworks, and emerging standards effectively.

The report also highlights the pivotal role of organisations like ASIS International in facilitating collaboration among stakeholders, sharing expertise, and driving best practices. The ASIS Foundation provides education and research to the security industry.

You can read a summary of the report here.


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