Self-driving vehicles to become legal in the UK this year

Self-driving vehicles will become legal on the UK’s roads later this year, albeit with some initial restrictions.

The Department for Transport (DfT) will allow the use of autonomous driving modes which stick to a single lane with a 37mph (60km/h) speed limit.

Drivers won’t have to keep their hands on the wheel but will have to remain alert to retake control if required. Unfortunately, that means you can’t binge-watch the latest series or play your favourite game on...

UK plans laws to protect IoT devices following pandemic sales surge

The UK government plans to introduce laws designed to help protect IoT devices following a pandemic-induced surge in sales.

With more people spending time at home for both work and play, many have invested in smart devices to become more productive and make their lives easier. In fact, figures (PDF) commissioned by the government suggest that almost half (49%) of UK residents have purchased an IoT device since the start of the pandemic.

Dr Ian Levy, Technical Director of...

Opinion: Incorporating location information into IoT deployments is critical for UK retail

In his recent Budget, British Chancellor Rishi Sunak placed a focus on the concept of the "digital economy" and its role as a "key driver of future growth" for the UK. Global business, strong competition, changing nature of the workforce and sophistication of consumers have influenced the need to transform the traditional economy into a digital one. 

This has particular implications for the UK retail sector. The total volume of retail sales dropped by 1.9% last year, the biggest...

Construction begins on £22.4 million National Robotarium in the UK

The UK has begun construction of a £22.4 million National Robotarium in Edinburgh which aims to solidify the country as a leader in AI and robotics.

UK Government Minister for Scotland Iain Stewart said:

“The creation of the UK’s first National Robotarium in Edinburgh will place Scotland at the forefront of a technological revolution that is changing the way we work.

This exciting new facility, supported by £21 million from the UK Government, will create...

DCC’s smart meter network passes 10 million milestone

The Data Communications Company (DCC) says it has now connected over 10 million smart meters in the UK.

DCC was granted a licence to build and manage its network in 2013 by the Department for Energy and Climate Change, now part of the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Angus Flett, CEO of DCC, said: 

“This milestone shows that the whole sector has progressed hugely over the last year in digitising Britain’s energy system....

Research: Higher robot densities linked to increased productivity

Research has found a link between higher densities of robots in a population and increased levels of productivity.

The study – conducted by supply chain specialists Balloon One – analysed countries with similar levels of manufacturing output and looked at their densities of robots and GDP per hours worked.

The UK, in particular, is falling behind in robot density:

(Credit: Balloon One)

The UK is the glaring example here but, aside from some...

UK proposal gives autonomous car backup drivers accident immunity window

A proposal from the UK’s Law Commission suggests giving backup drivers of autonomous vehicles a window of immunity for potential accidents.

Despite rigorous testing, it’s almost guaranteed that some accidents will occur with self-driving cars⁠—especially with early deployments.

“Even the best designed AVs, which reduce the overall number of accidents, may still cause collisions.” explains the Law Commission.

“The main aim of the Law Commissions is...

Connexin is launching the UK’s first nationwide IoT network

Hull-based Connexin is set to win the race to offer the UK’s first nationwide IoT network.

Connexin promises to continue delivering “carrier-grade” connectivity over its Long Range Wide Area Network (LoRaWAN) as the company expands beyond its current regional deployments.

Existing trials of Connexin’s network have been held with organisations including Yorkshire Water, Hull City Council, and Amey.

Following the success of those earlier trials – in...

World-leading autonomous car development hub nears completion

A world-leading development hub for autonomous cars is nearing completion in Nuneaton, UK.

Built by automotive engineering giant HORIBA MIRA, the facility aims to offer a complete environment for autonomous vehicles from concept to on-road testing.

The facility is known as ASSURED CAV and promises to be “globally-unique” in providing support for all stages of development. 

ASSURED CAV has been specifically designed to enable the automotive industry,...

Vodafone builds a 5G network for HORIBA MIRA to test connected cars

Vodafone has built a private 5G network for the automotive experts at HORIBA MIRA to test connected cars.

The high speeds and low latency of 5G networks are unlocking new possibilities for connected vehicles. HORIBA MIRA partnered with Vodafone to deploy a 5G network at its Midlands headquarters so it can explore and develop some of these opportunities.

HORIBA MIRA has over 70 years of experience in developing iconic vehicles. The company’s facilities in Nuneaton are...