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MK Council receive £4m funding for driverless 5G tech

Friday 15 January 2021

MK Council have received over £4m of funding to create new mobility tech which utilises 5G technology.

The money, half of which comes from the government, will be used to create driverless road vehicles and shuttles, designed to move both people and goods, in addition to testing drones, autonomous surveillance vehicles and delivery robots/drones.

In a statement released today, MK Council leader Pete Marland spoke of the project.
He said: “This is another important step in Milton Keynes’ journey as a modern, sustainable and forward-looking city for the future. Smart city projects like ours can do a lot to inspire and empower other major venues around the world to create better, greener experiences for visitors and staff, and boost their efficiency. Yet again Milton Keynes will be leading the way.”
The initiative will be run from MK Stadium and is also supported by a £10m investment from SEMLEP.

The Director of MK Dons commented on the use of the stadium, saying: “We are delighted that the MK5G Create project has been selected to receive support from DCMS. We have been able to bring together a world class team to integrate and exploit 5G capability in a dynamic real world environment - this will truly demonstrate how Stadium MK home of MK Dons, working with MK council and our partners can use new technology to support a major international sporting and cultural venue.

We have been able to bring together a world class team to integrate and exploit 5G capability in a dynamic real-world environment - this will truly demonstrate how Stadium MK working with MK Council and our partners can use new technology to support a major international sporting and cultural venue.”

The project is due to start in February and will run until March next year.