About Us

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

Our aim is to create a world class, highly competitive CAV testing & development ecosystem in the UK and we align with our partners around this Meridian Mobility Charter



  • Meridian will promote the UK Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) integrated testbed ecosystem (Testbed UK).
  • Meridian will engage with cross-sector organisations working towards a connected ecosystem.
  • We will accelerate the development of the CAV systems capability in the UK.
  • We will work with Meridian on agreed initiatives to create a globally recognised brand for the UK.
  • We will exploit the Meridian brand to attract international investment and accelerate the adoption of CAVs in the UK.
  • We will, through the steering group, develop and maintain a strategic vision for Testbed UK.
  • We will work with the UK government, academia and industry to inform policy.
  • We will develop relationships with the worldwide CAV community.
  • We commit to pursuing our aim in a culture of transparent collaboration. 


  • We will work within the legal framework of the UK and in accordance with contractual arrangements between testbed consortia, their participants and their primary funders.
  • Meridian and each of the testbed consortia leads will appoint members to the steering group.
  • Meridian’s Key Performance Indicator’s (KPI’s) and performance against them will have input from the steering group.
  • Meridian’s KPIs are defined with a view to achieving the principles above and to generate value for all participants.
  • We will generate and communicate information that is necessary for the achievement of our aim.
  • Participants shall not be required to act in any way or share information which they consider may fetter or harm their commercial interests.
  • We will review this Charter on an annual basis to maintain alignment with our aim.
Our Values

The Meridian Mobility Charter

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 Midlands Future Mobility testbed led by WMG, University of Warwick, will offer 80 kilometres of urban roads in Coventry and Birmingham in a world-leading connected infrastructure and ecosystem.
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