Meridian, the gateway to self-driving vehicle development in the UK, will lead the first working group to establish a global understanding of common requirements for connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV). The Connected and Autonomous Vehicle International Collaboration Working Group, at the ITS World Congress in Copenhagen on 18 September hosted in association with the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV), will bring together representatives from eleven countries engaged in developing and implementing CAV technologies.

Chaired by Meridian’s CEO, Dr Daniel Ruiz, the working group aims to make the public operation of CAV technology safe, through harmonised standards and regulation for physical testing, virtual testing, simulation and accident investigation. During the working group, delegates will identify what nations and governments need to do to unlock CAV development, as well as the collaboration and steps needed to deliver it.

Meridian expects the working group, the first of its kind, to lead further international initiatives between the participating countries, as well as other nations who are interested in global collaboration and progression.

Dr Daniel Ruiz said: “This working group is being set up to see how we can collaborate more effectively on an international stage. There are a number of areas where competition is in nobody’s interest; in some cases, it is negligent not to work together.  But language, culture and geography in particular work against our making the best progress in areas such as safety, standards and skills.

We aim to achieve alignment and understanding of these differences, prevent them being blockers and instead create great opportunities.”

Representing the UK alongside the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV), Meridian has been instrumental in bringing together the nations. It will continue to drive discussions as it works to position the UK as a global leader in the testing and development of self-driving vehicles.

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