The Pinnacle building in CMK houses one of 7 Catapult innovation centres set up to encourage business, government, academics and research to work together to find solutions to 21 century problems. The Transport Catapult – called the ‘Imovation Centre’ – was opened earlier this summer by Business Secretary, Vince Cable.
At the end of July, the Transport Systems Catapult welcomed the announcement, by the Technology Strategy Board, of a £10m investment in research and development projects to explore how driverless cars can be integrated into everyday life in the UK.
Although less Sci-Fi than driverless pods, Steve Yianni, the CEO of Catapult in Milton Keynes has recently written about his new electric-powered BMW i3 with a petrol range extender. CMK has been at the forefront of installing electric charge points in parking bays around the city-centre, as well as two high-powered machines that can fully re-charge a vehicle in less than 30 minutes.