There are many discussions around the benefits of CAVs, with grand promises of saving lives and reducing journey times. Not only will CAVs create a safer future, but they will also provide improved mobility for those who can’t drive, multiple environmental benefits and something we all need more of; time.
However, to ensure the success of this connected revolution we will need a cohesive, connected and collaborative ecosystem of technologies, organisations and policies. And not only will CAV need these, it will rely solely on them.
At Meridian, we are focusing on leading the world’s self-driving sector from the heart of the UK. We are working with industry, academia and government to demonstrate the UK’s potential and help deliver a connected future. A key part of our work is to pull together a collaborative ecosystem. We want to connect industry leaders from companies around the globe together with policy makers in order to accelerate the future of CAV deployment.
The ways in which we do this is by creating a comprehensive and accessible development environment in the UK. Many cities around the world are already starting to create test environments for CAVs including MCity in Michigan and AIMS in Melbourne. Each with a specific purpose will no doubt move CAVs towards a safe deployment. Here in the UK we have created a cluster of test environments which address all the challenges that CAVs could face. All contained within a 2-hour drive, we are working towards a compact, comprehensive and coordinated environment for CAV testing.
In phase 1 we have two complementary public urban testbed environments, a controlled and semi-controlled test environment, and a high-speed limit handling facility. Between them, it will provide a comprehensive suite of testbed environments. In addition to this, each testbed is developing simulated and virtual testing capabilities. They are all working together to ensure a connected community for the UK. We are also in the process of evaluating bids to fill in the gaps with two further projects. Meridian Mobility 2, a data exchange project, will facilitate the exchange of data, to test, develop and demonstrate CAV opportunities. Meridian Mobility 3 will deliver further physical test environments for parking, highway and rural environments which will complete the UK’s capability to representatively test any environment around the country and much of the global market.
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