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Funding competition opens for UK CAV projects

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UK businesses are being invited to bid for a share of up to £23M of Government investment to research and develop new connected and autonomous vehicle technologies.

This latest competition for funding – known as CAV3 – is the third to be run by the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles. For the first time it sees Government investment made available for off-road driverless vehicle innovation.

This could include technologies that will increase productivity and improve mobility in a range of sectors including construction, farming and mining. Money has also been earmarked for projects that will grow the commercial potential of these off-road technologies, while initiatives focused on on-highway vehicles and pods are also encouraged to bid for funding.

The CAV3 competition opened on Tuesday this week and is set to run until 25 October. The aim is to support concepts that will become future core technologies in 2020 to 2025.

Under the terms of the competition “projects need to come up with technical solutions for connected and autonomous vehicle features that provide real world benefits to users. This includes how these vehicles will work as part of a wider transport or off-road system, and the business models that will enable them”. Projects must also demonstrate a clear commercial benefit.

All projects must be collaborative, business led, and with the research and development conducted in the UK. They are expected to range in size from total costs of £500,000 to £4M, and last between 18 and 30 months.

Furthermore initiatives focused on delivering autonomy or connectivity that supports autonomy must support the development of solutions for SAE level 4 automation and above.

For more information visit: https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/competition/34/overview