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24/09/2013
We would like to inform IET members of an event of interest taking place on the afternoon of the 1st October highlighting a major highway project in Sweden.

E4 The Stockholm Bypass (E4 Förbifart Stockholm) is a new motorway linking southern and northern Stockholm resulting in a new route for the European highway (E4) past Stockholm. Just over 18 km of the total of 21 km of the motorway link are in tunnels. Estimated construction costs: SEK 27.6 billion (£28m).

The Swedish Transport Administration will visit London to promote the opportunities within Installation of Technical Systems (Construction costs for this aspect of the build estimated at SEK 4.4 billion)

Companies interested to pursue this business opportunity further can also learn more about a Trade Mission to Sweden in November, facilitated by UK Trade & Investment.

Date: Tuesday 1st October 2013
Venue: The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), 1 Victoria Street Conference Centre, London, SW1H 0ET
Time: 14:00-16:30

To register: Email heledd.poole@fco.gov.uk / Tel: +46 8 671 3091 by 25th September.

For more ifnormation about the project and further events please look at our PDF.

09/09/2013
A smartwatch that monitors the performance of a vehicle as well as the driver has been launched by car manufacturer Nissan. Just like a traditional smartwatch, the Nissan Nismo measures the user's heart rate, temperature and other biometrics. But it also allows users to keep an eye on their car's performance - including average speeds and fuel consumption. Experts say that the watch could be an important step towards greater connectivity in cars.
06/09/2013
Maglev trainIt’s currently the world’s longest and fastest stretch of maglev train, reaching speeds as high as 310 mph in a demonstration last week. But Japan’s L-Zero only lives on 15 miles of test track, and we’re still more than a decade away from completion. After five years of trials, plus some starts and stops, Central Japan Railway Co. is finally starting construction on a maglev line between Nagoya and Tokyo, a 177-mile trip that will be cut from 95 minutes on today’s high-speed trains to just 40 minutes with maglev by 2027. To put that kind of speed in perspective, Amtrak’s Acela takes about 3 hours and 40 minutes to go about 210 miles. A trip from Boston to New York on maglev would take under an hour.

08/08/2013
South Korea has switched on a road which can recharge electric vehicles as they drive over it. The project's developer says the 12km (7.5 miles) route is the first of its kind in the world. It means vehicles fitted with compatible equipment do not need to stop to recharge and can also be fitted with smaller than normal batteries. Two public buses are already using the technology and there are plans to add 10 more by 2015. "It's quite remarkable that we succeeded with the OLEV [online electric vehicle] project so that buses are offering public transportation services to passengers," said Dong-Ho Cho, who led the team behind the scheme at Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST).
24/07/2013
Standing in the half-light and eerie silence of a semi-anechoic chamber - designed to absorb sound - in the bowels of the University of Southampton, I'm beginning to wonder whether I've stumbled upon a real-life Stargate. At closer inspection, the silver semicircle at the back of the room contains a microphone rig rather than a wormhole leading to other planets, and the instrument pointing at it is an enormously high-pressured air jet, not a teleporter. Computers in the adjoining office can create 3D soundscapes of the noise recorded inside the chamber. The £500,000 facility is one of a suite of testing labs built at the university's Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR) in an effort to create quieter aircraft.
09/07/2013
Latest advances in capturing data on brain activity and eye movement are being combined to open up a host of ‘mindreading’ possibilities for the future. These include the potential development of a system that can detect when drivers are in danger of falling asleep at the wheel. The research has been undertaken at the University of Leicester with funding from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and in collaboration with the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina.
17/06/2013
Solar-powered plane flying across US lands in Washington DC. Voyage by Solar Impulse – the first to fly by night as well as day – is designed to showcase clean energy technology. It took nine minutes from the time the Solar Impulse first appeared in the midnight sky, lit up along the entire elegant swoop of its Airbus-size wings, to the moment the plane glided slowly and almost silently to a stop on the runway of Dulles airport in Washington.
13/06/2013
An aircraft with a lace-like structure may not seem like the best way to fly, but it is one of a range of radical ideas about how we may travel in the future. A model of the aircraft, designed by Airbus, was shown off at the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh. Taking inspiration from the human skeleton, the design is both strong and relatively lightweight. This means it could, in theory, drastically reduce the fuel costs of flying. The European company said the aim would be to 3D print the composite material that would make the structure.
13/06/2013
Flying cars are yet to take off - could bikes have a better chance? Researchers in the Czech Republic have unveiled a 95kg (210lb) remotely-controlled bicycle that can hover a few metres above ground for five minutes. Carrying a dummy rider, the electric prototype successfully took off, flew around and landed inside an exhibition hall in Prague. The bike is powered by two battery-run propellers on the front, two on the back and one on each side.
15/05/2013
The first unmanned flight over British airspace has been successfully completed. Aerospace company BAE Systems flew a Jetstream 31 – dubbed the "flying test bed" – from Warton near Preston in Lancashire to Inverness in Scotland. Strictly speaking the flight was not an unmanned one, in that two pilots were in the cockpit as a precaution, but as a BAE Systems spokesman said: "They were sitting there having a coffee. They did not have to do anything."


13/05/2013
Aero-engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce is to sponsor the British Bloodhound project to drive a car beyond 1,000mph. The company will provide financial as well as technical support. Its major involvement is to oversee the supercar's EJ200 jet engine, a Rolls power plant normally found in a Eurofighter-Typhoon. Bloodhound will use this jet to raise its speed to about 350mph before igniting a rocket motor to take it supersonic.
09/05/2013
A tonne of volcanic ash has been flown from Iceland to Luton airport in readiness for a "unique experiment" to test an aircraft warning system designed to detect ash clouds. Ash from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, which caused travel chaos in 2010, will be dispersed into the atmosphere in "controlled conditions An Easyjet flight equipped with the system then aims to measure the hazard. The airspace for the August testing is yet to be confirmed.
01/05/2013
The motorway of the future plans include glowing heat gauges and glow in the dark paint. While carmakers have raced to add the latest technologies to their vehicles, the roads they drive on have arguably failed to evolve at the same pace. Now, an odd couple based in the Netherlands hope to change that with visions of self-illuminating weather warning signs painted on to the tarmac, and a dedicated lane capable of recharging electric cars on the go.

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