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Car ownership numbers decline in South East

The number of people who do not own a car in the South East has increased by 4% according to a report by the British Car Auction.

In 2012, the figure was 26% of people, this year it is 30%.

The report in brief:

  • 72% of families own at least one car
  • There has been a 1% increase in two car families year on year
  • Two car ownership in the North has increased to 29% from 16% in 2012
  • Families with three cars or more has risen to 10% from 3% in the South West
  • 14% say they will certainly or quite likely buy a car in the next year compared to 11% in 2012

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Stolen iPad traced by tracking device

Detectives investigating the theft of a tablet device from Tunbridge Wells have recovered the device after the owner tracked it to London.

Detectives from Tonbridge police station attended an address in Lewisham and seized the tablet, which was packaged up, ready to be posted abroad. A 65-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of theft, and was later released on bail.

Kent Police said: ‘This is a fantastic example of how important it is for tablet and mobile phone owners to take advantage of the tracking applications that are available for devices that have GPS capability. In this case the victim tracked the iPad and kept us updated with its location."

Creating the cars of the future

The government have launched funds for automotive companies to develop more energy efficient cars.

The £75 million fund will enable businesses to make and test new low carbon technologies.

The announcement was made by Vince Cable today.

He also announced a £1.5 million project that will test driverless cars.

The 'pods' will be able to carry two people and will run on designated pathways in Milton Keynes city centre.

It is planned in 2015 that 20 pods will be driver-operated and will run on lanes separated from pedestrians.

By 2017, 100 pods will use sensors to avoid obstacles and will run alongside pedestrians.

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