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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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Southampton to become a wireless city

Southampton will be one of the first cities in the south to become wireless.

The go ahead has been given to install Wi-Fi technology in busy locations. It will allow residents and visitors to access the internet while out and about.

The project will start in the city centre, waterfront and key transport corridors.

Access will be free for a period of 30 minutes each day, with a paid service available after that.

“I’m delighted that Southampton is well on the way to becoming a leading digital city with residents and visitors soon able to have free access to the internet in a range of locations. There are a great many potential social and economic benefits to the city in providing such a service, and it aligns with our priority to promote Southampton and attract investment.”

– Cllr Simon Letts, Leader of Southampton City Council:

Work is expected to start on the scheme within the next three months.

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