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Has JLR made the 'self-learning' car of the future?

Has JLR made the car of the future? Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Birmingham-based Jaguar Land Rover says it is developing cutting-edge technology to make an "intelligent self-learning vehicle" of the future.

They say it will mean less distractions to the driver and a reduction in accidents. Computer software learns the driving style and preferences of the driver, and takes into account other factors such as time of day, traffic conditions and weather.

It uses that to predict driver behaviour and take away some of the driving 'chores', such as selecting air conditioning temperature and making a regular phone call.


Man denies cyber-attack on Home Office

A man from Stoke-on-Trent has denied launching a cyber-attack against the Home Office.

Mark Johnson, of Josiah Wedgwood Street, in Stoke-on-Trent, pleaded not guilty at Birmingham Crown Court today.

The 44-year-old is alleged - under the Computer Misuse Act - to have encouraged or assisted in a 'distributed denial of service attack' on websites operated by the Home Office and the Home Secretary, Theresa May, on June 15th 2012.

Mr Johnson has been granted bail until his trial begins on November 3rd.


Leonardo DiCaprio to visit Leicestershire with new motor racing team

DiCaprio's team is called 'Venturi' Credit: FIA Formula E

Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio is expected to visit Leicestershire after setting up a new motor racing team which will be based in the county.

The team will compete in Formula E, a new global electric motor-racing series, which will have its global headquarters at Donington Park.

Donington named the new home of Formula E

Donington Park has been announced as the global HQ for Formula E, the FIA’s new global electric motor-racing series.

Donington Park race-track, set to be the new home of Formula E... Credit: Daniel Law/PA

Additionally, two teams - fronted by Hollywood A-lister Leonardo Di Caprio and Virgin supremo Richard Branson respectively - will use the circuit for their testing and development work.

Dozens of civil engineers and technicians have begun work on the new build, with around 150 highly technical racing engineers set to be working on site from May.

The fully-electric Spark-Renault SRT_01E race car, should be hurtling round the Leicestershire circuit in the near future... Credit: Britta Pedersen/DPA/Press Association Images

The Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) contributed a £3.65m loan facility towards the £5.7m scheme to ensure the circuit was selected by Formula E.

Toyota production-line up 60% in 2013

Toyota made 60% more cars at its Derbyshire site last year than in 2012.

Toyota's Burnaston factory, in Derbyshire, produced 180,000 cars in 2013... Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The increase marks the biggest growth out of all the car manufacturers in the country, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

180,000 cars rolled out of its Burnaston factory in 2013.

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