The aim of the Meridian competitions is to continue to create the world’s most effective CAV testing ‘ecosystem’.
Your proposal must support the sharing and trading of road transportation data generated by infrastructure, connected or autonomous vehicles or third parties. It must speed up the development and realise the benefits of connected and autonomous vehicles.
Meridian Mobility, CCAV and Innovate UK wish to establish an ‘ecosystem’ of projects to work together and with existing projects, which will set the UK’s facilities apart from others.
Your project must be globally significant and allow for:
- usage of scalable systems to collect or access, process and share data with users with appropriate remuneration
- development of sustainable business processes and models to improve the accessibility and availability of infrastructure and connected vehicle data
- processing data whilst protecting privacy, quality and intellectual property
- demonstrate routes to commercial viability and sustainable business models
- demonstrate best practice in terms of data ethics, security and privacy, including dealing with anonymisation and complying with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
- demonstrate the use of cutting edge technology, such as blockchain
- generate and/or use real world data
- be demonstrably representative of the target environment in the UK, and other appropriate target CAV markets
- have available suitable hardware to develop and demonstrate the platforms and services that will support CAV deployment
- where applicable, demonstrate consultation and planning with road owner operators
- be able to contribute to a CAV data working group organised by Meridian that will inform and influence policy and standards
- support and encourage integration and collaboration across the wider UK CAV ecosystem
Example customers could include:
- cities and transport authorities understanding how they can transfer from current transport models to autonomy and mobility as a service which optimises transport services
- organisations improving road transportation by reporting on or reducing congestion
- logistics and transport companies
- CAV manufacturers developing and validating their devices and vehicles
- data aggregators such as insurance and telecommunication companies wanting to provide and obtain additional business value from their data
- mobility-as-a-service companies testing new business models
- SMEs testing the ideas behind CAV technology
- cybersecurity companies wanting to develop new security products
- simulation or data analysis companies
- organisations engaged in developing virtual safety testing and validation systems
Your project must provide core infrastructure that can support a variety of use cases to collect, store and distribute data. It must be ‘future proofed’ as far as possible.
Your proposal must include data exchange scenarios supported by a business model. Explain how each data platform (if there are several) will facilitate as many transaction scenarios as possible. We will prefer facilities that support ultra-low emission vehicle (ULEV) compatibility. Preference will be given to proposals that build upon existing data facilities and datasets.
Meridian Mobility, Innovate UK and CCAV will strategically review the proposals. You must work with Meridian Mobility as part of joint governance of the UK CAV Testbed ecosystem during the build phase and the lifetime of the facility.
Project business plans and personnel
Your project must submit a collaboration agreement and demonstrate good value for money. Projects must sign up to the Meridian Mobility Charter detailed in the guidance for applicants.
Your project must agree to work with Meridian Mobility to deliver a joined up group of UK testing facilities. Each funded facility will be expected to work as part of the UK CAV test ecosystem in partnership with Meridian Mobility.
We prefer facilities that support vital CAV technologies with cross-sector applicability, for example agriculture, public transport or drones. Your application must demonstrate how the facility is ‘customer friendly’ for all, including international customers.
Projects will be judged on their business model and must have a realistic plan for creating and committing to a long-term operational facility. Your business model must include marketing, operation and maintenance for at least 10 years beyond the end of the initial investment period of the project. Your completed facilities must operate commercially, with users paying a market rate. They must be open to several users on a transparent and non-discriminatory basis, including SMEs.
Your proposals must include a schedule detailing milestone costs and what public investment you are seeking.
Data management and IT
The facility must deploy protective security (cyber, physical, and personnel). It must use consistent and secure data management and communication tools and processes.
Proposals should detail which data and technology standards they have chosen and why. Justification could include that it matches national or international standards, or other industry facilities and this should be evidenced. You must also show how you will obtain any appropriate licences or approvals for the communications you need.