News story: £25 million boost for self-driving technology: apply for funding

first_imgFind out more about investment in driverless technologies. the competition opens on 25 June 2018, and the deadline for applications is at midday on 19 September 2018 projects must be led by a business working with other businesses and researchers we expect projects to have total costs of between £4 million and £20 million and to last between 18 and 30 months businesses could attract up to 70% of their total project costs briefing events will be held in London, Cardiff, Belfast, Glasgow and Sunderland at the end of June and beginning of July 2018 the technologies against a clear user need public acceptance of the technologies the business models that will deliver the service Projects must pilot viable business opportunitiesProjects should aim to test and validate: Find out more about this competition and apply. The Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) has up to £25 million to invest in up to 4 pilot schemes for self-driving vehicles.Funding is for pilots of self-driving passenger vehicles which include at least a 6-month trial in a public or semi-controlled setting. Trials should have a clear commercial focus, with potential to become an enduring service.CCAV was set up by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Department for Transport to help ensure the UK is a world leader in developing and testing connected and autonomous vehicles.It is investing £150 million, match-funded by industry over 5 years, into cutting edge technologies. Trials are already under way in Bristol, Coventry, Greenwich and Milton Keynes. They should focus on a viable and sustainable business opportunity that could be introduced as a service from the early 2020s.Competition informationlast_img read more

S.Korea’s Moon proposes regional initiative to battle COVID-19, engage N.Korea

first_imgTopics : South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in called on Tuesday for a regional infectious disease control and public health initiative involving China, Japan, Mongolia, and North Korea to tackle health crises and lay the foundation for peace with Pyongyang.In a video message to the United Nations General Assembly, Moon said collective protection of life and safety would lay the groundwork for North Korea to have its security guaranteed by engaging with the international community.”In the face of the COVID-19 crisis that poses a greater threat to humanity than a war, we came to be acutely reminded that the safety of neighboring countries is directly linked to that of our own,” Moon said, according to an English translation of his prepared remarks distributed by his office. Moon proposed launching a “Northeast Asia Cooperation Initiative for Infectious Disease Control and Public Health,” but did not provide details.”It is not only Korea’s response to COVID-19 but also the invaluable lessons Korea will be gaining from institutionalizing peace that Korea wishes to share with the rest of the world,” he said.South Korea’s aggressive testing and tracing efforts during the coronavirus outbreak have been praised internationally. North Korea has said it has no confirmed cases, though some US officials have cast doubt on that claim.As part of his election pledges, Moon proposed building a regional cooperative mechanism in Northeast Asia to defuse military tensions and foster joint responses in areas of common interest, including disease prevention, disaster response and cybersecurity.center_img Moon this year also expressed his willingness to provide help to North Korea to fight the coronavirus outbreak, calling health issues a top priority in inter-Korean cooperation, but Pyongyang has said it would not receive outside aid and shut the border tighter.North Korea has rejected cooperation with South Korea and ridiculed previous proposals after denuclearization talks with the United States stalled, scuttling lofty goals for inter-Korean projects made at a series of summit between Moon and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.last_img read more