A14 to becomes Britain's first Internet road
One of the UK's most congested roads, connecting the busy container port at Felixstowe to Birmingham, is to become Britain's first internet-connected road in a pilot project that could pave the way for everything from tolls to self-driving cars.
A network of sensors will be placed along a 50-mile stretch of the A14 in a collaboration between BT, the Department for Transport and the Cambridge start-up Neul, creating a smart road which can monitor traffic by sending signals to and from mobile phones in moving vehicles.
The technology, which sends signals over the white spaces between television channels instead of mobile phone networks, could even pave the way for government systems to automatically control car speeds.
"Sensors in cars and on the roads monitor the build-up of congestions and wirelessly send this information to a central traffic control system, which automatically imposes variable speed limits that smooth the flow of traffic," Ofcom said. "This system could also communicate directly with cars, directing them along diverted routes to avoid the congestion and even managing their speed."
Blackberry eyes by rival bidders
The stock slide of Blackberry was halted yesterday as reports of further interested parties in the handset maker emerged.
Last month Blackberry accepted a £2.9bn buyout offer from Fairfax Financial.
Holdings after the Canadian mobile phone company warned that it expected a $950m loss in its second quarter results. However, the company's shares were up 0.5 per cent yesterday, reversing a five per cent fall earlier in the session, closing at $7.90.
Dell's latest Venue tablets shun Windows RT system
Dell has chosen not to release a Windows RT device among its latest line-up of tablets and laptops.
The US manufacturer had been the last to support the operating system other than its creator, Microsoft.
Dell said the software had failed to "resonate" with its customers because it did not support legacy software available to the full Windows 8 OS.
The firm is in the process of being taken over by a group led by its founder, Michael Dell.
He plans to stop its shares being publicly traded and refocus Dell's operations on business-targeted software and services rather than consumer-focused hardware.
However, the company said it would continue to sell devices in order to provide its customers with an "end-to-end solution".
Microsoft is now the sole manufacturer of tablets that run on Windows 8 full OS.
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