In the Gov UK Autumn Statement 2016 last November 100 million pounds was promised for the new connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) testing facility in Birmingham. Last week the Government finally released 55 million pounds and Jim Campbell, formerly of BMW, Land Rover and Worldwide Marketing Director of Bentley Motor Cars, introduced the new body at the CAV HUB launch, highlighting its mission to help enable the UK, “to be the world number one for connected and autonomous vehicles.

Nissan Testing in London

Autumn Statement 2016  Roads and local transport

Future transport – The NPIF will invest a further £390 million by 2020-21 to support ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs), renewable fuels, and connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs). This includes £80 million for ULEV charging infrastructure, £150 million in support for low emission buses and taxis, £20 million for the development of alternative aviation and heavy goods vehicle fuels, and £100 million for new UK CAV testing infrastructure. In addition to the tax incentives for ULEVs in company tax and salary schemes set out in the tax chapter, from today to the end of March 2019 the government will also offer 100% first-year allowances to companies investing in charge-points for electric vehicles.