£25m competition launched for self-driving vehicle pilots

The UK’s Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) today invited businesses to apply for a share of up to £25 million to develop, demonstrate and trial connected and autonomous vehicle technologies.

CCAV plans to invest in up to four pilot schemes for self-driving vehicles, which should include at least a 6-month trial in a public or semi-controlled setting. 

Applicants will be expected to demonstrate the commercial focus of their self-driving vehicle pilots, which should have the potential to become an enduring commercial service from the early 2020s.

To quality, projects must focus on developing and using SAE Level 4 automation or above, in the context of a new mobility service, and should be led by a business working with other businesses and researchers.

CCAV said that successful projects should aim to test and validate self-driving technologies against a clear user need, and to investigate public acceptance of the technologies involved.

The UK government set up CCAV to help the country become a leader in developing and testing connected and autonomous vehicles. The centre is investing £150 million into connected and autonomous technologies.