The UK has forged stronger links with Japan to develop CAV technology and services during the recent JSAE visit in May. The Meridian team in partnership with the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV), Innovate UK and the Department for International Trade (DIT) engaged with more than 20 organisations to discuss opportunities for collaboration with the UK’s extensive CAV testing and development community.

During a week of dialogue with companies across a broad range of sectors, national and regional government, academics and institutions, it was clear that there are areas for cooperation between both countries particularly around safety and standards which will bring benefits to all involved.

Dr Daniel Ruiz at JSAE Japan

The UK’s open regulatory environment, combined with established R&D innovation portfolio and now joined by the four Meridian-led test facilities present a unique Testbed proposition which is attractive for Japanese organisations.

  • The UK Pavilion showcased the Aurrigo / RDM Pod during the three day trade event
  • The British Embassy in Tokyo hosted a reception to welcome Japanese guests to the UK stand
  • The Sunday Telegraph embedded a reporter with the UK team during the visit and you can see the report here
  • The UK’s CAV capability was showcased and discussed during the UK Congress event

In a very open and constructive series of meetings a wide range of opportunities were discussed with the potential for new commercial agreements to follow.