Skills for a green recovery: A call to action for the UK construction industry

A group of industry leaders has called on the government to consider proposals developed by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) think tank on how the UK can implement teh skills needed to help achieve net zero by 2050. In the new report, the IPPR warns that up to 750,000 construction workers could retire […]

Government considers unitary approach in Cumbria, North Yorkshire and Somerset

A consultation on proposals for unitary local government submitted by councils in Cumbria, North Yorkshire and Somerset has been launched by government today (22 February 2021). Following a formal invitation from government last October to councils in these areas to submit proposals for reorganisation, the Local Government Secretary has received eight locally-led proposals for consideration: four from […]

Hampshire County Council launches innovative on-street electric vehicle chargepoint pilot

Hampshire County Council has introduced 50 new on-street electric vehicle (EV) chargepoints in the areas of Eastleigh and Winchester as part of an innovative pilot scheme to be launched in March. This forms part of the council’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions across the county, The pilot involves the installation of two different types of […]

Smart motorway death toll rises

Latest available figures on deaths on smart motorways shows the number of fatalities rose to 14 in 2019, compared to 11 the year before. Researchers at the Sunday Times says these figures were not published by the Department for Transport in its annual report on road casualties. The figures were found in the Stats-19 databased […]

Hyundai develops AI-based voice-recognition in-car solution

Hyundai Motor Group has developed an advanced Artificial Intelligence-powered voice-recognition in-car system simplifying human-car interaction and voice-activated assistance while driving. Pulsenews Korea reports the new connected car solution enables vehicle device control and other tasks like wireless navigation updates through natural language recognition. The solution allows the car to follow human instructions based on natural […]

New driver attention study “could help turn the corner on road safety”

A new study is underway to test how drivers can be overwhelmed by information at intersections, and work out ways to stop that happening and risking deadly crashes on roads. The University of Toronto in Canada is evaluating driver attention and gaze towards pedestrians and cyclists at junctions, using eye-tracking equipment to better understand the […]

HERE appoints new EMEAR General Manager

Data and technology company HERE Technologies has appointed Gino Ferru as Senior Vice President and EMEAR General Manager, responsible for identifying opportunities for customers, partners and developers, across industries. Ferru is replacing Fred Hessabi who has been promoted to Chief Customer Officer. “Gino brings with him a wealth of Software- and Platform-as-a-Service sales expertise that […]


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