Thatcham Research works in close collaboration with car makers, law enforcement agencies and insurers.

The introduction of the New Vehicle Security Assessment (NVSA) in 1992 effectively brought an end to the car crime epidemic of that era by introducing alarms and double-locking door functions, among other measures. In 1992, there were 620,000 car thefts, and the NVSA was instrumental in driving theft levels down by 80% up to 2016.

Today, this close working relationship with the automotive industry, law enforcement agencies and insurers continues, and we are involved across several areas including:

  • assessing the security of new vehicles through the NVSA programme
  • product security certification for alarms, immobilisers and tracking systems that verifies the functionality, design and performance of the product
  • research and assessment into current and future vehicle cyber security threats

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