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Google maps to encourage drivers to take low-carbon routes, but not modes

Google Maps is to launch a new function that takes into account congestion and inclines to offer drivers the lowest-carbon route for their journey. The internet giant, which is launching the initiative in America this week and Europe next year, claims it could save 1m tonnes of carbon dioxide a year, or the equivalent of 200,000 fewer cars on the…

Is Birmingham about to become the UK’s flagship liveable city?

Birmingham may be one of the country’s original motor cities, but like so many of our urban centres, it is blighted by congestion and pollution –  25 per cent of the city’s car journeys are one mile or shorter. However, change is on its way. In a bid to tackle costly congestion and create a more liveable city, the council…

Solid-state batteries will boost electric car performance

Solid-state batteries have the potential to improve on current batteries by replacing liquid electrolyte, in which lithium ions carry an electric current, with a solid ceramic material. It’s tech that would result in lighter and smaller batteries with more energy density. The challenge is that industry has struggled to commercialise solid-state batteries. However,  chemicals company Johnson Matthey, battery startup Britishvolt,…

LTN attacks continue in the battle for our streets

Filthy engine oil has been poured over low traffic neighbourhood (LTN) planters in Lambeth. The vandalism is the most recent in a string of attacks on traffic-calming measures erected during the lockdown to promote safer streets. Despite support for many schemes being high among local residents, frequent criminal attacks define a battle for the future of Britain’s streets. Do we…

Streets are for people

Most of us who live in cities become blind to the blight caused by endless rows of cars parked along every street. We become immune to the visual clutter and numb to the road danger to which they contribute. We forget that streets are for people. During the first lockdown last year, traffic levels plummeted and many areas enjoyed a…