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 for Meridian 2 and 3 was completed in Q4 2018.
The UK is already a leader in the testing and development of Connected and Autonomous vehicles (CAVs). We have great skills in technology and engineering, innovative start-ups and established companies plus a Government that makes us a ‘CAV Friendly’ country. Developers can test self-driving vehicles on any road in the UK, while government and industry have invested significantly in R&D and creating new facilities.
These facilities are part of a growing integrated ecosystem which is scoped and coordinated by Meridian to accelerate the self-driving revolution in the UK and support the Government’s goal of having fully operating autonomous vehicles on UK roads by 2021.
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