CCAV Project for Automated Car Parking
The UK is set to test self-driving cars and could make self-parking vehicles a reality by 2021.
21:21 11 June 2018
Specialist UK technology and automotive businesses are invited to bid for £30 million to make self-parking cars a reality. The project, which is part of the government’s modern industrial strategy, will also see that creation of two self-driving test sites in the United Kingdom.
Funded through the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV), the project is hoped to help the Government realise its ambition to see fully self-driving vehicles on UK roads by 2021.
The second round of competition could pave the way for the development of technology that will make self-parking vehicles a reality.
Business Minister Richard Harrington said: “Self-driving vehicles have the potential to revolutionise the way we move people and goods across the UK. They also support our ambition for a cleaner, greener future as part of our modern Industrial Strategy. The UK is already leading the way in developing this technology and today’s funding 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.”
Chair Automotive Council Technology, Graham Hoare said: "On behalf of the Automotive Council, I welcome the latest developments at Meridian Mobility Technology, the UK’s CAV Development Capability. Meridian continues the acceleration of the UKs CAV development facilities with the announcement of important partnerships as part of the latest outcomes of the TestBed program, Wave 2&3. These new capabilities will complement our strengthening UK Test capability with the advantage of a ‘one stop shop’ mind-set for the industry."