United Kingdom

  • BMW has revealed that it is considering manufacturing its new electric Mini vehicle outside of the UK due to the uncertainty following the country's decision to exit the EU. A source close to the car manufacturing giant claims that BMW executives will make a decision on the location for the manufacturing of its new electric model by the end of September.

  • A British multinational engineering company has outlined its vision for Singapore, vowing to create a new form of 'urbanism', that once successfully implemented can be replicated in other cities around the world.

  • Citizens of the United Kingdom will be able to force social media platforms to delete information about them, including content published during their childhood, due to government proposals that will bring data laws into line with new European regulations, Reuters reported.

  • British telecommunications colossus BT has announced that it will invest £600m in faster broadband services in rural parts of the United Kingdom. BT believe the investment will enable them to provide all households in Britain with access speeds of at least 10 megabits per-second, which will allow users to be able to stream content from OTT services such as Netflix and YouTube.

  • Ericsson has been named connectivity partner for Stamford Bridge – Chelsea Football Club’s home stadium in Fulham, London. Free Wi-Fi coverage will be provided via the Small Cell as a Service connected venue business model whereby Ericsson designs, builds and operates the network on the customer’s behalf.

  • US technology firm Cisco Systems has announced that its technologies will be used to help roll-out free public Wi-Fi in London. Last week, London Mayor, Sadiq Khan vowed to make London the 'smartest city' in the world - and one way of ensuring that vision is to enhance 'connectivity'.

  • New research has suggested that UK homeowners have pinpointed home security as a top priority when exploring the prospect of investing in smart technology. The research which was conducted by One-Poll suggests that the demand for home security products and solutions will kick-start the 'smart home' revolution in the UK.

  • The CEO of leading UK operator EE has called on the British government to revise and amend its policies in relation to 5G technology, and failure to do so will risk the prospect of the UK falling behind other countries in relation to the implementation of 5G. Marc Allera, has urged policymakers to remove barriers to mobile infrastructure deployments and said the government has to support the rollout of the new telecom infrastructure that will be revolutionary once deployed.

  • A number of financial institutions all over the world have taken steps to strengthen their own security systems after infrastructure following the global cyber-attack which affected a number of organizations worldwide.

  • Ford Motor Co has announced its plans to open a 'smart mobility' facility in the UK. The US automotive colossus will extend its services by opening a new office in London - and plans to start a workforce of forty people. The 'smart mobility' facility will be located on Here East campus which is co-working business incubator, set up in part of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

  • Thousands of institutions around the world were subject to a series of "WannaCry" ransom attacks over the weekend (starting Friday, May 12), causing data to be encrypted with a claim for payment. The virus was a malicious program that affects smartphones and computers, encrypts and locks their data so that it cannot be accessed until payment is made.

  • The Nuffield Foundation has announced that an independent institute will be established in an effort to safeguard society from emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things.

  • Kerlink, a specialist and global leader in solutions dedicated to the Internet of Things (IoT), announced that the company has been chosen as hardware and software provider for IoT Scotland, a new nationwide, low-power, wide-area (LPWA) network in the country for IoT devices that will allow businesses and public-sector organizations to monitor the productivity and efficiency of assets and equipment without the need for Wi-Fi or cellular connectivity.

  • UK car manufacturing colossus Jaguar Land Rover and ride-hailing service Waymo owned by US technology giants Google, have announced that they will partner on the development of a new self-driving electric car.

  • Jaguar Land Rover has fitted 'virtual eyes' to intelligent pods to understand how humans will trust self-driving vehicles, as research studies suggest that as many as 63% of pedestrians worry about how safe it will be to cross the road in the future

  • A South Korean 'smart glass' solutions company has expanded its operations with the formation of a European firm that will be headquartered in the UK. G-SMATT, announced that the new European arm of the company will be called G-SMATT Europe and will be spearheaded by Dr. Orhan Ertughrul. The HQ for the firm will be in Oxford.

  • The Mayor of London has called on city leaders in both England and Wales to join him in his efforts to lobby the government to prohibit the sale of new pure diesel and petrol cars by 2030.

  • London has reiterated its effort to reduce the harmful levels of pollution in the city by deploying the first ever electric taxis in the city. However, in an effort to maintain the traditional features of the city, the environmentally-friendly taxis will be the iconic 'black cabs'.

  • The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan has expressed his desire to see London become the world's leading 'smart city' during his address at London Technology week. The topic of 'smart cities' continues to dominate technology conferences and ICT exhibition - as government entities and city councils on a global basis examine ways in which they can implement technologies to make their cities 'smarter' for the benefit of its citizens and residents.

  • Millbrook Proving Ground has started working on deploying advanced 5G network as part of the AutoAir project which groups 5G testbed partners led by Airspan Networks. As reported by Millbrook, this is the "UK's first transport 5G network" and it will help building the future of testing and validation of connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) technologies.