The UK is uniquely positioned to become a premium global location for the development of autonomous vehicles and their associated technologies. Driverless vehicles can already legally be tested on public roads and the UK Government is actively supporting research, development and demonstration of connected and autonomous vehicles.
The latest round of UK Government funding, complemented by industry investment, establishes an integrated eco-system of real-world CAV testing capability in the UK. Out the Nationally, four test-beds are being created, two controlled environments and two open public facing environments.
Situated in the heart of London, Europe’s only Megacity the Living Lab provides a test ground in real world environments and locations, which offer staged levels of lower and higher complexity and challenge.
Also, as the gateway to the UK, London has a critical mass of entrepreneurial talent in all the relevant sectors, from science and engineering to digital businesses, media, insurance and the financial markets.
The Park provides a modern environment, representative of new worldwide developments at the heart of four inner and outer London boroughs, while Greenwich offers a more traditional public urban road test environment. The Living Lab will allow for the transition of testing and service provision from modern and accessible to more complex real world environments, allowing customers to follow a graduation path for their products and services.