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Rush hour queues in the UK could come to an end, thanks to the development of smart traffic lights. The new systems have been designed to identify heavy traffic and change traffic light patterns to reduce congestion. The new artificial intelligence driven systems will appear first in Milton Keynes, where £3m is being invested in the technology. The system should be online by September of next year.
Programming your satnav while driving is the most attention-absorbing – and dangerous – activity for modern drivers, a new experiment has concluded. Road safety charity IAM RoadSmart teamed up with Carbuyer – an AutoExpress sister title – in order to carry out the tests. British Formula 3 racing driver Jamie Chadwick joined AutoExpress consumer editor Joe Finnerty in an advanced driving simulator in order to pinpoint how driver concentration is impacted by a variety of distractions.
A scheme of six luxurious properties have come on the market, distinctive because they are located across the road from the grounds of Buckingham Palace. But that's not the only eye-catching thing about the scheme, known as The Buckingham: one of the three bedroom properties is going on the market for £18 million. The least costly option is a two bedroom apartment – on sale for £4.35m.
Harley Davidson is embarking on a complete overhaul of its motorcycle line-up – the most dramatic in the company's history. The firm plans to develop 100 new models over the coming decade. Electric bikes will be included in the range, according to Drive. The fact that electric bikes are part of the company's long-term plan was made public by Bill Davidson, the vice president of the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee – and the great grandson of Harley’s founder, William A Davidson.
Many countries are great at building reliable, cost-effective vehicles, but they're not always good at naming them – especially in English. Take Japan, for example. Over the years they have come up with some very silly names for their otherwise good cars. But at least they eventually understood their failings: when Toyota created its luxury off-shoot, Lexus
The month of April saw car sales plunge by nearly 20%, following reductions to green car grants and price increases. Month on month new car registrations dropped to 152,076, driven by lower diesel sales, but also by falls in hybrid and electric car sales. Demand for so-called green cars had not fallen for four years, demonstrating the effectiveness of government subsidies.