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Midlands roads to be UK autonomous vehicle testbed

Roads in Coventry and Birmingham are set to become a world-class UK testbed for developing the next generation connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs), thanks to a new £25m programme of investment being led by WMG at the University of Warwick. The pioneering venture,...

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Shoppers will pay for deliveries – at right price

UK shoppers are not opposed to paying for online deliveries, if the fee isn’t too high, according to research by Whistl. Two thirds of those surveyed said that overall they would not expect free delivery when placing orders online. But when purchases go over £10...

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Shell switches on ’Shell Recharge’

Shell has announced the opening of Shell Recharge – the new on-forecourt Electric Vehicle (EV) rapid charging service. Shell Recharge is now available at Shell Holloway (London), Shell Whyteleafe (Surrey) and Shell Derby, and will be launched at a further seven...

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Driverless bus ’pod’ tests under way in Cambridge

Tests have started on a new driverless bus system which could pave the way for an evening public transport service. The RDM Group is using self-driving pods along the guided busway in Cambridge to test the feasibility of running 10-seater shuttles along the route. If...

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Daimler looks into splitting truck and car businesses

Daimler has set out proposals to split into two main divisions – Daimler Trucks & Buses and Mercedes-Benz Cars & Vans. It said that splitting the businesses into two legally independent entities would foster greater entrepreneurial responsibility. Daimler...

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Royal Mail strike deemed unlawful by High Court

The planned strike by CWU members at Royal Mail has been deemed unlawful by the High Court. The court has confirmed that contractual dispute resolution procedures must be followed before industrial action takes place. The CWU said that the court injunction meant the...

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Amazon to open robotic DC in Bolton

Amazon UK is to open a robotic fulfilment centre in Bolton next year. The new site is set to create 1,200 full-time permanent jobs. Amazon has opened fulfilment centres in Daventry, Doncaster, Warrington and Tilbury this year. “Our ability to expand in the North West...

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