Meridian, the gateway to self-driving vehicle development in the UK, has led 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 (Intelligent Transport Systems) World Congress in Copenhagen, hosted in association with the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV), brought together representatives from eleven countries developing and implementing CAV technologies.
 
Chaired by Meridian's CEO, Daniel Ruiz, the working group aimed 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 identified 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 to lead further international initiatives between participating countries, as well as other nations who are interested in global collaboration.
 
"This working group is being set up to see how we can collaborate more effectively on an international stage," said Ruiz. "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."
 
The ITS World Congress is an annual event bringing together stakeholders in all areas of intelligent transport systems.
 
Meridian was created by government and industry to focus on key areas of UK capability in the global CAV sector.

These include development and validation, connected environments, data and cyber security and new service development.

Government and industry have committed an initial GBP100m (US$132m) through Meridian to develop a coordinated national platform of CAV testing infrastructure.