Meridian Mobility 3 Competition Briefing - Highways , Urban, Parking
The third Testbed Competition for Connected and Automated Vehicles, led by Meridian Mobility in partnership with the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) and Innovate UK, is being launched and is addressed to industry-led projects to create parking and inter-urban test facilities. Full details about the available funds will be released in due course.
We would like to invite you to a Briefing Event run by KTN, where you can hear more about the scope for the parking and inter-urban test facilities part of this competition and the application process, as well as networking with representatives of the Automotive, Car Parking, Telecommunications, EV Charging and Road Infrastructure worlds.
Furthermore, there will be pitching opportunities for those that would like to showcase their work and approach in order to facilitate better networking opportunities. If you would like to be involved, please select this option on the registration form.
There is also an opportunity to get involved in a linked competition, Meridian Mobility 2 – Connected Autonomous Vehicle Data. This competition will have a separate fund (to be announced) available for data related projects. There is a Data Workshop in London on 10th April and the Competition Briefing Event in London on 10th April (these take place simultaneously), which will also be available as a webcast.
Background: The UK CAV Testing infrastructure Vision
The UK has an opportunity to be one of the world’s premier development locations for innovative future vehicle technology, supporting our industrial strategy, and making vehicles that are safer, cleaner and more enjoyable. To achieve this, Government and industry will work together to create the world’s most effective connected and autonomous vehicle testing ecosystem, integrating existing proving grounds and public road test sites across the UK’s existing automotive and technology heartlands, strengthening existing capabilities and creating new ones.
As announced in the 2016 Autumn Statement, the Centre for Connected & Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) will invest up to £100m in new UK CAV testing infrastructure.
This funding has been agreed following a call for evidence run by CCAV which considers how the UK’s test environment for connected and autonomous vehicle (CAVs) can be improved: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/driverless-vehicle-testing-facilities-call-for-evidence
The first competition was held in 2017 and resulted in the first four infrastructure projects – https://www.gov.uk/government/news/winners-of-51-million-government-competition-to-develop-world-leading-self-driving-car-testing-infrastructure-unveiled
To support the complementarity, integration and co-ordination of the facilities, a new organisation, Meridian Mobility, has been established. Meridian Mobility was created by government and industry to facilitate and support the acceleration of the UK’s emerging connected and autonomous vehicle sector within the global transport ecosystem. It will invest in projects that foster a culture of open innovation, bringing together the best of business and government to deliver cutting edge Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) infrastructure. Meridian will focus on key areas of UK capability in the global CAV sector including advanced development and validation, connected environments, data, cyber security and new service development.