Meridian Mobility has joined a taskforce to partner the UK’s connected autonomous vehicle (CAV) testing facilities and projects with those available at the Michigan’s American Centre for Mobility and Mcity, home to world-renowned researchers and testing capabilities.

Last month, the Governor of the State of Michigan, Rick Snyder, and the Minister for Business and Industry, Richard Harrington MP, signed a Memorandum of Understanding allowing agencies and businesses from both the UK and Michigan to share their technology and ideas for the future. The ground-breaking partnership represents a new phase on the UK’s mission to drive the development of CAVs.

Meridian Mobility is the gateway to accelerated CAV testing and development in the UK for organisations worldwide. This new agreement demonstrates our commitment to a collaborative approach as we unlock the benefits of this technology. With our collective skills, standards and data management, we look forward to working with the team at Michigan to develop the ecosystem of collaborative organisations, integrated infrastructure and funding to promote the UK capabilities.

Daniel Ruiz, CEO of Meridian

CAV technology is one of the most researched fields in the automotive industry and is already making waves across the sector. As an emerging topic, it has huge potential for growth and could drastically change the way we see and interact with mobility.

DRIVEN, an initiative funded by Innovate UK recently released a video demonstrating its vehicles interacting and ‘talking’ to each other. VW has been testing autonomous parking in Germany with a goal to make it a reality in the next decade. Microsoft, too, has become involved by partnering with the American Centre for Mobility.

According to the UK government, CAV technologies could see the UK market reach £52 billion by 2035.  With this new agreement between the UK and Michigan, the country is one step closer to achieving that vision.


This story was written by automotive PR specialists Torque Agency Group.