The UK government has launched the Meridian initiative to promote connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) technology. State investment will be matched by the private sector to help create a CAV testing cluster along the M40 corridor between Coventry and London to accelerate the development of the technology, grow intellectual capital and attract overseas investment.
The Meridian project will focus on focus on four strategic areas:
Advanced CAV testing and development
Data and cyber security
New mobility services
"These technologies are coming and will profoundly change our understanding of mobility,” says Ford’s director of global vehicle evaluation. “The UK has long-standing capabilities across many of the sectors supporting new vehicle technologies and an approach that is more open and collaborative than [in] other markets.”
The government last week published its Centre for Connected Autonomous Vehicles report and forecasts that the global market for CAV technology could be worth £907 billion in 2035. The research findings also suggest that UK will have over 27,000 jobs involved in the production of CAV technology by 2035, with 70% of the jobs related to CAV technology production expected to be highly-skilled professional and technical roles in software-related industries.
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