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About Meridian

The opportunity

Meridian was created by government and industry to focus on key areas of UK capability in the global Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) sector which is predicted to be worth £907 billion by 2035. These include advanced development and validation, connected environments, data and cyber security and new service development.


billion prize

Government and industry have committed an initial £100 million through Meridian to develop a coordinated national platform of CAV testing infrastructure. The first £51 million was announced in October 2017 and the next funding competition will open in Q1 2018


million reasons

A meridian is a pathway that runs along the entire surface of the earth, connecting everything from nadir to the zenith. It gives direction and helps navigate, pointing to our end goal and keeping us focused. It also tells the story of the Prime Meridian that connects east and west, the centre of world time.


Projects & Testbeds

The TIC-IT consortium, led by HORIBA MIRA in partnership with Coventry University is creating a purpose built, safe environment for testing CAVs up to the limit of operability.
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Millbrook and the UKAEA's RACE will operate a testbed for the development of CAV technologies across two sites, offering the full spectrum of controlled to semi-controlled urban environments and 90 km of roads.
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The Smart Mobility Living Lab: London, a real world urban testbed to demonstrate and evaluate the use, performance and benefits of CAV technology and mobility services.
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The UK Central CAV Testbed led by Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) will offer 80 kilometres of urban roads in Coventry and Birmingham in a world-leading connected infrastructure and ecosystem.
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