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The UK Government is teaming up with the car industry to launch an initiative to co-ordinate the testing and development of connected and autonomous vehicles.
The Meridian scheme will involve the establishment of two bases at the Advanced Propulsion Centre sites in Coventry and Stratford, London. They will anchor a ‘cluster of driving excellence’ along the M40 motorway, designed to accelerate the development of connected and autonomous technology.
Meridian will be funded by the Government’s £100 million connected autonomous vehicle (CAV) investment programme and the Automotive Council industry body.
“At the heart of our industrial strategy is a commitment to delivering world-class science, research and innovation,” said climate change and industry minister Claire Perry. “The Meridian co-ordination hub embodies this ambition, creating a globally recognised brand that will bring the automotive sector, academia and Government together behind a common set of strategic goals.”