Apple working on self-driving car technology, Cook confirms

Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive, has confirmed that the group is working on self-driving cars. According to James Titcomb at the Daily Telegraph, the company has long been rumoured to be developing autonomous driving software but has so far refused to confirm its plans. Google and Uber are among the other tech giants also developing…

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VW faces diesel refund threat in Europe

A group representing 180,000 European car owners is preparing to file a legal complaint against Volkswagen, the Financial Times Patrick McGee reports. The group is seeking a full refund for each of the affected vehicles with an estimated damage of €4.5bn. The emissions scandal has already cost VW about $24bn in penalties, consumer compensation and…

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Grannies help block bus station in protest to save beloved bus service

Dozens of people marched backwards and forwards across the road at the busy bus station this lunchtime in protest at the decision to axe the 101 bus.  They carried placards including one saying: “Don’t press STOP on the Happy Bus” and chanting “Save our bus”. Protestors say the bus is popular with older people, and many…

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Three British links set out for 700mph travel by pod

Three routes in Britain are being considered for Europe’s first Hyperloop, the high-speed transport technology championed by Tesla boss Elon Musk. Links from London to Edinburgh, Liverpool to Glasgow and Cardiff to Glasgow have all been proposed by Hyperloop One, one of several companies competing to introduce the technology. It claims that its pods will…

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Uber avoids £40m VAT bill on British cab fares

James Dean at The Times says Uber is avoiding around £40m in tax a year by exploiting a loophole in VAT rules. According to the paper, the loophole enables Uber to shift responsibility for VAT payments to its 40,000 drivers, allowing the company to retain its full share of the estimated £200m fees it generates…

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Taxes put brakes on Land Rover

The Times Industrial Editor Robert Lea, reports that sales at the larger, more profitable end of Jaguar Land Rover’s range have gone into reverse after being hit by new car tax rates on gas-guzzlers. Latest sales figures show that while its new 4×4, the Jaguar F-Pace, is proving very popular, another monthly decline in sales…

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Electric car numbers pass two million

The Guardian reports that the number of electric cars on the road has now passed two million. This follows record sales of 750,000 last year, driven by falling costs and rising concerns about pollution. However, electric cars account for only 0.2% of all cars and there is still ‘a long way to go’ before they…

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Bus firms demand clean air

Transport operator Stagecoach called for tougher action on air quality to protect local communities across Britain as the company launched its annual Green Week campaign. As global concern grows over increasing pollution in towns and cities, the company said urgent action was particularly needed by central and local government to tackle the public health emergency.

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