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Jaguar Land Rover tests new bike safety technology.

A new device to warn motorists that a cyclist is approaching is being worked on by a team of researchers from Coventry based Jaguar Land Rover.

Driver and cyclist test new bike safety equipment. Credit: Jaguar Land Rover

If a bicycle or motorbike is coming up the road behind the car, Bike Sense detects if it is overtaking or coming past the vehicle on the inside.

The top of the car seat will extend to 'tap' the driver on the left or right shoulder and ring a bell inside the car .

Almost 19,000 cyclists are killed or injured in the UK every year.

"Bike Sense" technology to help cyclists Credit: Jaguar Land Rover

"Bike Sense takes us beyond the current technologies of hazard indicators and icons in wing mirrors.

If you see the dashboard glowing red in your peripheral vision, you will be drawn to it and know straight away that another road user is approaching that part of your vehicle."

– Dr Wolfgang Epple, Director of Research and Technology, Jaguar Land Rover
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Back to work, thanks to the power of the Midlands' car industry

The growing car industry in the Midlands is helping people who have not had a job in years get back to work. Many are not used to the quality control standards now demanded by firms like Jaguar Land Rover.

One of its suppliers has set up an academy to drill the message home to jobhunters that working in a factory is not as easy at it looks.

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Midland buildings to be transformed into Wi-Fi hotspots

A stock photo of a woman using Wi-Fi Credit: Paul Zinken/DPA/Press Association Images

138 buildings in Birmingham will be transformed into Wi-Fi hotspots.

The government has announced that people will soon be able to get online at the library, the Council House and at the Bullring open market.

It is part of a multi-million pound investment to transform the country's digital capacity.

20 public buildings will also be transformed in Derby, including the library, council house, and the Central Museum, along with a number of other places.

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Plastic heart developed to help train medical students

A top surgeon at Nottingham's Queen's Medical Centre has given his backing to a new prosthetic heart designed to help train medical students.

Richard Arm with his creation Credit: ITV News Central

Richard Arm, a researcher at Nottingham Trent University, created the lifelike replica using 3D-printing. He then used silicone gels to give it the feel and texture of a real human organ.

Mr Arm came up with the idea to help trainee heart surgeons practise their skills before carrying out real operations.

Students would be able to make incisions to experience how it would feel and see what the inside of the heart looks like.

– Richard Arm

The project was undertaken with the support of the Queen's Medical Centre.

Professor Michael Vloeberghs, a consultant neurosurgeon at the hospital, said:

Richard’s research has the potential to help improve the way trainee surgeons develop their understanding of critical operations like heart surgery. This could be a real benefit to way in which we educate students, by providing them with more realistic experiences before they go into live theatre.

– Professor Michael Vloeberghs
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