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UK public open-minded about self-driving vehicles

According to a survey of 2,850 UK residents carried out as part of the UK Autodrive programme, the public is highly familiar with the concept of driverless cars, but have not yet formed solid ...


Manufacturing steers UK back to growth

According to the latest Business Trends Report by accountants and business advisers BDO LLP, the continuing recovery of the UK’s manufacturing sector is set to return UK business output to growth.



Rail Institute calls for lighter weight bogies

An ambitious plan to double the amount of European freight carried by rail could depend on the development of lighter-weight bogies produced using stronger steels and innovative manufacturing ...




Funding for railway research and innovation

The Institute of Railway Research (IRR) at the University of Huddersfield is to play a key role in a £92 million network aimed at establishing the UK as a world leader in rail technology.







Strengthening 3D printed parts for real-world use

3D printed parts are used in a variety of industries from aerospace and defence to digital dentistry and medical devices. These parts are often fragile and traditionally used in the prototyping phase ...




Continental demos automated driver capability

Automotive supplier Continental has demonstrated an automated motorway driving system. Its Cruising Chauffeur is able to give drivers a break on long ‘highway’ journeys and also takes control if the ...


Audi assess self-driving car interiors

Audi is researching the interaction of man and machine with its new driverless car simulator. The car giant has teamed up with the Fraunhofer Institute in its 25th Hour project, which is ...


Hyperloop One successfully completes first test run

Hyperloop One has just announced the successful completion of the world’s first full systems Hyperloop test in a vacuum environment. The test took place on May 12, 2017 at the company’s test track, ...





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Better than a hologram

In the original Star Wars film, R2D2 projects an image of Princess Leia in distress. ...


Ocado’s cobots

Ocado Technology has unveiled the first prototype of its ARMAR-6 humanoid ...