Meridian 3: autonomous highway, rural and parking test facilities
The Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) will invest up to £25 million in partnership with Meridian Mobility and Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation. This is to develop CAV testing infrastructure for autonomous parking and autonomous driving on rural roads and highways.
The aim is to create the world’s most effective CAV testing ecosystem. This should be located in the defined geographical area, between the West Midlands and the South East as detailed in the competition scope.
Your proposal must work with existing automotive test facilities, proving grounds and public road test sites across the Midlands and South East. It must improve existing capabilities and create new ones. All projects are expected to complement and integrate with the existing Meridian test facilities funded in 2017.
Meridian Mobility, CCAV and Innovate UK wish to establish an ‘ecosystem’ of projects to work together and with existing projects, which will set the UK’s facilities apart from others.
If your project uses public roads it must work with road owners and operators such as local authorities and Highways England as part of the design and delivery phases.
Your project must be globally significant and allow for:
- testing of autonomous vehicles in appropriate, realistic and increasingly challenging environments
- connectivity capabilities and methodologies that allow for vehicle-to-everything (V2X) testing
- testing of equipment that may interact with CAVs, for example, roadside infrastructure
KTN are running briefing events to help those interested to understand the scope of the competition and to network and form collaborations.
There will also be a webcast on the 8th June for those unable to attend in person.