Week Ending: February 16th - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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This week’s roundup of I.T. and tech news takes focus on future technologies, are we ready for them and who in Britain is leading the way in terms of research? Also, we look at Google’s promise to crack down on unencrypted websites this summer. If you’re still operating with HTTP you’ll want to read on.

London may not be early adopter of driverless vehicles

Infrastructure and connectivity problems within England’s capital city means that it’s unlikely to be an early adopter of driverless vehicles, according to a study released by the London Assembly’s transport committee on Tuesday. The UK government has predicted autonomous vehicles could be on the road by 2021 although the recent report is very sceptical.

While there is much anticipation of what the future will look like with autonomous vehicles moving around cities, the recent report poured cold water on London’s readiness for this. The report discussed issues such as the introduction of driverless busses causing significant job losses and ground-based droids/delivery robots meaning further crowding of already busy pathways.

It seems London will need to change significantly to adopt these future technologies. Read more on the topic via Bloomberg.

Bradford and Preston at the forefront of drone technology

Bradford and Preston have been selected amongst five locations to assess how drone technology could operate in cities. This comes as part of an open call from Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre as part of the Flying High Challenge.

Working with the Flying High team, both Preston and Bradford will study how drones could be used to support public services and as well as examining what commercial opportunities there may be in the near future. Research will also entail safety, logistics and impacts on the environment.

The two weren’t selected at random, both locations have been chosen with a specific purpose. Bradford is an area surrounded by farmland, moors and woods, and will enable testers to see how drones can assist in the case of flooding and community safety.

Preston, on the other hand, has the University of Central Lancashire’s Civic Drone Centre. These devices are already used in the area to support the local Environment Agency and assist the fire service. The council is now looking to see how drones could be used successfully in additional ways.

Unencrypted sites will be flagged by Google Chrome

Beginning July 2018, Google has promised to insert a ‘not secure’ tag to all websites which do not encrypt their traffic. It’s a move which was first touted in 2014 and this month the search giant confirmed it in a company blog post.

Google’s Chrome 68 is set to be released in late July and every website which uses HTTP connections between its servers and users will be given a ‘not secure’ label on the address bar in a bid to put pressure on unsecure URLs. Eventually the tag will even come with a red-for-danger icon.

The move is likely to see websites ensure that they move to HTTPS and as users become more aware of the topic. It’s expected those who don’t will see higher bounce rates and thus less web traffic.

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