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.
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
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