The Government has invited automotive and specialist technology companies in the UK to bid for up to £30 million of funding to support the development of self-driving vehicles.
Business Minister, Richard Harrington announced that the project, funded through the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) and the autonomous technology testing hub, Meridian will “bring self-driving vehicles one step closer to becoming a normal feature on UK roads and could, in time, make learning to parallel park a thing of the past.”
The funding, which is part of the UK’s long-term Industry Strategy to build a stronger economy, will also go towards creating two test sites for self-driving cars in urban settings, which will be the first of its kind in Europe. More information can be found on the Government’s website.
The BVRLA will explore the topic of intelligent mobility with industry experts at its upcoming Fleet Technology Congress, taking place on 5th July at the Williams F1 Centre in Oxfordshire.