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The congestion caused by stop-start driving could soon be a thing of the past if a new smart traffic light trial, based on York’s A59, is successful.
Luxury car maker Bentley is set to build the UK’s largest solar panel covered car port at its Crewe factory. The structure will protect 1,378 cars from the elements, and produce up to 24 per cent of the factory's energy needs. 10,000 solar panels will be used in the project.
An Italian firm based in China aims to produce a 3D printed car costing just £6,800. It will weigh a mere 450kg and most visible parts will be 3D printed, except the tyres, chassis and windows. First deliveries are expected in 2019. The plant will be able to produce 500 cars annually.
With news that Volvo will only be making electric and hybrid vehicles from 2019, many are questioning if the UK's energy infrastructure can cope with a huge increase in electric cars. The number of electric vehicles registered last year leapt by 50%, but that only amounts to 100,000 vehicles – compared to the overall figure of 30 million cars on our roads. Volvo evidently believes there will be a huge take-up of electric cars very soon. But how will our power grid cope?
A new update for Apple's operating system will make it easier to avoid being distracted by phone calls, messages and other alerts when driving. The iOS 11 update that arrives in Autumn for iPhones and iPads will include a Do Not Disturb feature which, when turned on, can detect when the user is driving and block calls and other alerts which may be a distraction from the road.
Airbus plans to test a flying car prototype by the end of 2017, in a development that could dramatically ease congestion in the future. The news was revealed by Airbus's chief executive, Tom Enders, at a recent technology conference in Germany. Airbus, one of the world's biggest aircraft manufacturers, set up a special unit last year to develop flying vehicles, called Urban Air Mobility.
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