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Monique SethWelcome to the MCAV Newsletter. See the latest news and opportunities in the emerging Driverless Vehicle sector.

‘We live in exciting times where the lines between science fiction and science fact have become blurred, we are keen to build on the investment Midland businesses have received from Innovate UK to help continue on developing our regional economy and investments in people and skills.’

Monique Seth, Conigital Lead Partner for MCAV

Join us on the 8th March for The Midlands Connected Autonomous Vehicle (“MCAV”) Cluster Seminar and Dinner 2018

Places going fast… Book now to avoid disappointment!

@MCAVcluster #MCAV #FutureofTransport

Register your interest for the Seminar here and to attend the Dinner click here.

CongestionUK must tackle ‘astonishing’ cost of congestion

A study by traffic data firm, Inrix, suggests that UK motorists spent an average of 31 hours in rush-hour traffic last year, costing each one of them £1,168. Read More

Swedish autonomous carA Swedish company has quietly overtaken Tesla – and already won Lidl as a customer

The first result has been ready since the summer of 2017: the prototype of a self-driving truck, which is completely battery-powered – and with that the company already has more to show for itself than Tesla. Read More

Google autonomous carA Peak in the Industry; UK & Globally

Due to the fact they are still perceived as a significant advancement in the world, there is a demand for functionality, customisation and diversity in use. The pace of driverless car testing in the UK increases very swiftly, as our government is now lobbing around large sums of money, while this peak in the industry increases.  More

Self-driving carThe Wired guide to self-driving cars

In the past five years, autonomous driving has gone from “maybe possible” to “definitely possible” to “inevitable” to “how did anyone ever think this wasn’t inevitable?” Every significant automaker is pursuing the tech, eager to rebrand and rebuild itself as a “mobility provider” before the idea of car ownership goes kaput. Read More

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TOP Jobs:

Transport for West Midlands: Project Administrator – £23787 – £27822 – We are seeking a motivated and enthusiastic Project Administrator to support our Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) delivery teams and programmes. The Government has committed to investing in CAV research and development, having recognised the expected commercial and technological expansion of the sector.  Apply

Conigital: App developer (mid-level) UWP and Xamarin – £30K – £80K – Looking for software engineers to develop our customer facing products and services. They consist of desktop / UWP apps and cross platform applications for mobile. Apply

Transport Systems Catapult: Data Scientist  This role is in the Data Science & Artificial Intelligence team.  This team is responsible for analysing complex data problems, discovering deep insights, and identifying opportunities using statistical, algorithmic, mining and visualisation techniques related to the intelligent mobility and intelligent transport systems challenges. Apply

Fire Safety Managers Ltd: Office Manager  Fire Safety Managers Ltd provides a broad spectrum of fire safety services to local and national businesses including the Servicing, Installation and Commissioning of Fire Extinguishers, Fire Alarms, Emergency Lighting, Fire Risk Assessments and Fire Safety Training. Apply

Conigital: Software Engineer (Mid-level) – £30K – £60K – Looking for software engineers to develop the back end for our suite of products. You will be working on our real time back end for our fleet management system. Knowledge of real time messaging protocols is essential such as MQTT and AMQP. Knowledge of messaging systems such as RabittMQ and Kakfa is a plus. Apply

Transport Systems Catapult: Software Engineer – Reporting to the modelling team leader, you will write tools to analyse data sets, develop prototypes and pilots to prove concepts, and “glue” systems together to integrate different transport modes.  You will support software design for bids and related 3rd parties and have a passion to design, develop and implement software solutions. Apply

The West Midlands Combined Authority: Head of Skills Delivery – £73000 – We are seeking an exceptional Head of Skills Delivery to work with colleges, adult and community learning and other training providers to take forward the region’s ambitions for skills and employment. Apply  

Transport Systems Catapult: Bid Lead – The Enterprise Management Team comprises of the Bid Team and Programme Management Office with the primary focus of providing a 360° view of the TSC’s collective efforts in regards to all external engagement, bid/ proposal development and programmed activity. Apply

Upcoming Events:

Blockchain Disruption in Transport: February 22nd Implications and opportunities of Blockchain will be explored in areas such as Data Sharing, Mobility as a Service, Connected and Autonomous Transport, Freight and Logistics and Digital Engineering and personalised transport provision. Read More

Innovation-led Procurement – Lessons from Wave Energy Scotland: February 22nd, Time: 12:00-15:00 The event is aimed at learning from Tim Hurst, CEO, Wave Energy Scotland how the West Midlands can develop more approaches to innovation-led procurement using local procurement to drive innovation to market approaches. Wave Energy Scotland has focused on developing a circular economy that strengthens the supply chains located there enhancing overall cluster robustness. To book please email Beverley.Nielsen@bcu.ac.uk

Innovating for Growth – Workshop for SMEs: February 28th This workshop will explore how you can drive growth through an innovative culture. It will concentrate on how you can transform your organisation through your choices around leadership, culture, and strategy. It will introduce you to tools and techniques that you can utilise to take your growth to new levels. Read More

Transport Cafe: February 28th The TSC’s Transport Cafe explores exciting developments in the Intelligent Mobility and Transport Innovation sector, and will also offer support and guidance. You will also have the chance to network with the TSC team and other businesses from within the industry. Read More

Microsoft AI Software Workshop (Hands-on): March 1st Microsoft are one of the key players with a full range of technologies ranging from simple AI-based APIs to Bots, Machine Learning and Deep Neural Network software. In this hands on workshop, Microsoft experts will take you through the full range of services within Microsoft’s AI platform. Read More

Robotics and Artificial Intelligence 4Manufacturing: March 7th The manufacturing landscape is radically changing and the fourth industrial revolution which is happening now has resulted in a need for significant change within the sector to capitalise on the opportunities #4IR brings. Read More

MCAV Cluster Seminar and Dinner: March 8th Following on from the success of MCAV’s inaugural event in June, we are delighted to be hosting the MCAV dinner at Icentrum showcasing key companies, projects and figures from the driverless vehicle sector. Read More

Smart Devices of 2025: March 27th This inaugural event of the revamped ‘Future Devices and Technologies’ Group will explore radical ideas for the devices of the future and their impact on our lives. Read More

Procuring Innovation in Transport: April 17th We will be hosting our next ‘on the road event’, this time focusing on ‘Procuring Innovation in Transport’ which will take place 17th April, at York’s Railway Station. We will be offering valuable advice for small business and offering a great opportunity to network with leading industry stakeholders and fellow innovators. Read More

Hear from Harper Adams University, Westfield Sportscars, Enterprise Europe Network and Climate-KIC who will be joining us on the 8th March for the MCAV Cluster Seminar and Dinner!

About MCAV:

The Midlands Connected Autonomous Vehicle (“MCAV”) cluster has been set up to support new and existing businesses enter the growing Connected Autonomous Vehicles (“CAV”) market. KPMG research indicates that the CAV market has the potential to add £51 billion per year to the UK economy by 2030, create 320,000 new jobs and prevent 25,000 accidents saving 2500 lives per year. Find the latest Market Forecast report by Transport Systems Catapult here. MCAV are based at iCentrum, part of Innovation Birmingham, the UK’s third oldest science park and a base for the region’s growing Tech community.

MCAV will create a technology corridor between Cambridge and Birmingham to develop a platform for members to stimulate collaborative innovation through high-profile networking events and Special Interest Groups (“SIGs”). This will help members facilitate new networks, build consortia for tenders and recruit highly skilled individuals. For more information please see: www.mcav.org.uk.

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Become an MCAV Member Today

MCAV membership offers great value enabling you to be part of a growing business network of international industry professionals and technology companies in the CAV sector. With annual membership starting at £145 + VAT you can attend all our events and our partners’ events for free or a discounted price! 

Find out more about Associate Membership or Founder Membership.

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Monique SethWelcome to the MCAV Newsletter. See the latest news and opportunities in the emerging Driverless Vehicle sector.

‘We live in exciting times where the lines between science fiction and science fact have become blurred, we are keen to build on the investment Midland businesses have received from Innovate UK to help continue on developing our regional economy and investments in people and skills.’

Monique Seth, Conigital Lead Partner for MCAV

Join us on the 8th March for The Midlands Connected Autonomous Vehicle (“MCAV”) Cluster Seminar and Dinner 2018

@MCAVcluster #MCAV #FutureofTransport

Cluster Dinner

Register your interest for the Seminar here and to attend the Dinner click here.

GM sued by motorcyclist in first lawsuit to involve autonomous vehicleGM sued by motorcyclist in first lawsuit to involve autonomous vehicle

A motorcyclist in San Francisco is suing General Motors for being ‘knocked to ground’ when their Cruise self-driving car was re-centering itself in the lane. Read more

UK needs a clear strategy to enhance position as leader in autonomous vehiclesUK needs a clear strategy to enhance position as leader in autonomous vehicles

The UK is fifth country in Autonomous Vehicle Readiness Index (AVRI), but KPMG states that the UK must develop a clear strategy to maintain and develop its position. More

Top 5 reasons why society should transition to autonomous vehiclesTop 5 reasons why society should transition to autonomous vehicles

Up to 75% of carbon monoxide emission comes from vehicles. These emissions affect the environment which in turn adds to climate change. By switching to autonomous cars, fuel consumption will become as efficient as possible due to their navigation systems being made in a way that means they take the quickest routes in order to reduce travel time. Read more

The Midlands Intelligent Mobility ConferenceThe Midlands Intelligent Mobility Conference

As I walked in, I was immediately impressed by the amount of people present at IMPART and the range of people attending. From Directors of technology companies, to University lecturers/professors to cyber security consultancies, there was plenty of networking opportunity and conversations to be had for everyone. Read more

Visit our Blog to read more articles.

TOP Jobs:

Conigital: App developer (mid-level) UWP and Xamarin – £30K – £80K – Looking for software engineers to develop our customer facing products and services. They consist of desktop / UWP apps and cross platform applications for mobile. Apply

Transport for West Midlands: ITS – CAV Project Lead – £47,802 – £53,805 – We need a progressive thinking dynamic individual to join us as we use evidence to shape our £7.3bn transport programme and unlock tomorrow’s technologies and insights, in collaboration with many of the UK’s leading industrial and academic partners. Apply

Transport Systems Catapult: Data Scientist  This role is in the Data Science & Artificial Intelligence team.  This team is responsible for analysing complex data problems, discovering deep insights, and identifying opportunities using statistical, algorithmic, mining and visualisation techniques related to the intelligent mobility and intelligent transport systems challenges. Apply

The West Midlands Combined Authority: Assistant Transport Planner  £22866 – With a growing and fast-paced transport agenda, we are looking for a talented person to join our expanding Transport Planning Team, which provides transport planning and appraisal services to support evidence-led development of schemes aligned to the WMCA’s strategic transport plan: Movement for Growth. Apply

Fire Safety Managers Ltd: Office Manager  Fire Safety Managers Ltd provides a broad spectrum of fire safety services to local and national businesses including the Servicing, Installation and Commissioning of Fire Extinguishers, Fire Alarms, Emergency Lighting, Fire Risk Assessments and Fire Safety Training. Apply

Conigital: Software Engineer (Mid-level) – £30K – £60K – Looking for software engineers to develop the back end for our suite of products. You will be working on our real time back end for our fleet management system. Knowledge of real time messaging protocols is essential such as MQTT and AMQP. Knowledge of messaging systems such as RabittMQ and Kakfa is a plus. Apply

Transport Systems Catapult: Software Engineer – Reporting to the modelling team leader, you will write tools to analyse data sets, develop prototypes and pilots to prove concepts, and “glue” systems together to integrate different transport modes.  You will support software design for bids and related 3rd parties and have a passion to design, develop and implement software solutions. Apply

The West Midlands Combined Authority: Senior Project Manager – £40,030 – £45,057 – As a result of a number of emerging rail projects, we are currently recruiting an experienced Senior Project Manager to join the Corporate Services Projects Team. The individual shall have strong project management experience in the development and delivery of bus, rail and rapid transit project(s) and/or capital and revenue funded project(s) with adherence to an approved gated project lifecycle. Apply

Upcoming Events: 

Energy Harvesting in CAV’s and EV’s: February, 9th The focus of the event is to identify some of the challenges faced in electric vehicles and autonomous vehicles with powering the remote sensing requirements, and discuss in small groups how some of them might be addressed by the use of self powered solutions, drawing their energy from ambient sources such as heat, vibration, light and motion. Read more

“ML Gotcha” – heroic stories from deploying commercial machine learning applications: Febraury 15th This first byte sized event on February 15th at the Bradfield Centre will cover real world examples of deploying commercial machine learning; examining the user experience aspects of AI, as well as exploring closed source tools.  With AI in the news almost every day now, there is an urgent need for us all to become better informed, and to be able to separate the hype from reality for the benefit of the businesses we represent. More

Blockchain Disruption in Transport: February 22nd Implications and opportunities of Blockchain will be explored in areas such as Data Sharing, Mobility as a Service, Connected and Autonomous Transport, Freight and Logistics and Digital Engineering and personalised transport provision. Read more

Innovation-led Procurement – Lessons from Wave Energy Scotland: February 22nd, Time: 12:00-15:00 The event is aimed at learning from Tim Hurst, CEO, Wave Energy Scotland how the West Midlands can develop more approaches to innovation-led procurement using local procurement to drive innovation to market approaches. Wave Energy Scotland has focussed on developing a circular economy that strengthens the supply chains located there enhancing overall cluster robustness. To book please email Beverley.Nielsen@bcu.ac.uk

Innovating for Growth – Workshop for SMEs: February 28th This workshop will explore how you can drive growth through an innovative culture. It will concentrate on how you can transform your organisation through your choices around leadership, culture, and strategy. It will introduce you to tools and techniques that you can utilise to take your growth to new levels. Read more

Transport Cafe: February 28th The TSC’s Transport Cafe explores exciting developments in the Intelligent Mobility and Transport Innovation sector, and will also offer support and guidance. You will also have the chance to network with the TSC team and other businesses from within the industry. Read more

Microsoft AI Software Workshop (Hands-on): March 1st Microsoft are one of the key players with a full range of technologies ranging from simple AI-based APIs to Bots, Machine Learning and Deep Neural Network software. In this hands on workshop, Microsoft experts will take you through the full range of services within Microsoft’s AI platform. Read more

Robotics and Artificial Intelligence 4Manufacturing: March 7th The manufacturing landscape is radically changing and the fourth industrial revolution which is happening now has resulted in a need for significant change within the sector to capitalise on the opportunities #4IR brings. Read more

MCAV Cluster Seminar and Dinner: March 8th Following on from the success of MCAV’s inaugural event in June, we are delighted to be hosting the MCAV dinner at Icentrum showcasing key companies, projects and figures from the driverless vehicle sector. Read more

Hear from TATA,Transport Systems Catapult,  KTN, TfWM,  Telefonica who will be joining us on the 8th March for the MCAV Cluster Seminar and Dinner!

About MCAV:

The Midlands Connected Autonomous Vehicle (“MCAV”) cluster has been set up to support new and existing businesses enter the growing Connected Autonomous Vehicles (“CAV”) market. KPMG research indicates that the CAV market has the potential to add £51 billion per year to the UK economy by 2030, create 320,000 new jobs and prevent 25,000 accidents saving 2500 lives per year. Find the latest Market Forecast report by Transport Systems Catapult here. MCAV are based at iCentrum, part of Innovation Birmingham, the UK’s third oldest science park and a base for the region’s growing Tech community.

MCAV will create a technology corridor between Cambridge and Birmingham to develop a platform for members to stimulate collaborative innovation through high-profile networking events and Special Interest Groups (“SIGs”). This will help members facilitate new networks, build consortia for tenders and recruit highly skilled individuals. For more information please see: www.mcav.org.uk.

Our sponsors

Become an MCAV Member Today

MCAV membership offers great value enabling you to be part of a growing business network of international industry professionals and technology companies in the CAV sector. With annual membership starting at £145 + VAT you can attend all our events and our partners’ events for free or a discounted price! 

Find out more about Associate Membership or Founder Membership.

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Save the Date – Thursday, 8th March – The Midlands Connected Autonomous Vehicle (“MCAV”) Cluster Seminar and Dinner 2018

Following on from the success of MCAV’s inaugural event in June 2017, we are delighted to be hosting the MCAV workshop and dinner at iCentrum showcasing key companies, projects and figures from the driverless vehicle sector.

About MCAV:

The Midlands Connected Autonomous Vehicle (“MCAV”) cluster has been set up to support new and existing businesses enter the growing Connected Autonomous Vehicles (“CAV”) market. KPMG research indicates that the CAV market has the potential to add £51 billion per year to the UK economy by 2030, create 320,000 new jobs and prevent 25,000 accidents saving 2500 lives per year. MCAV has been set up at iCentrum, part of Innovation Birmingham, the UK’s third oldest science park and a base for the region’s growing Tech community.

MCAV will create a technology corridor between Cambridge and Birmingham to develop a platform for members to stimulate collaborative innovation through high-profile networking events and Special Interest Groups (“SIGs”). This will help members facilitate new networks, build consortia for tenders and recruit highly skilled individuals. For more information please see: www.mcav.org.uk.

MCAV Cluster Seminar and Workshop, March 8th, 4pm-6pm

Delegates attending MCAV seminarThe CAV & V2G funding landscape is a workshop designed to showcase the latest CAV projects and a chance to review future funding calls on the horizon. This workshop aims to bring together funding bodies, CAV market experts and potential end customers that wish to form consortiums to apply for the latest funding opportunities.


Tickets are free for MCAV Members. To register, click here.

MCAV Cluster Dinner, March 8th, 6:30pm – 10pm

Cluster DinnerSee live exhibitions of the latest driverless and AI tech including Live Driverless Vehicle Demonstrations from Heathrow PODS to test driving the latest TESLA X.


Tickets are priced at £155 + VAT for Non Members, and the dinner is free to attend if you are a registered Member of MCAV. To book your ticket click here.

Join the Driverless Revolution

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Joining the MCAV would be an ideal opportunity to discuss, debate and network with leading transport experts on a variety of issues and challenges the transport industry is about to face.
Join MCAV today with an annual membership starting at £145 + VAT to have access to this event, and many others for free! Find out more about our membership types here and sign up for one here.

Keynote speakers include

Keynote speakers

Hear keynotes from Andy Street, Mayor of Birmingham and John Palmer, Mayor of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough addressing key transport, congestion and climate challenges faced by cities and what driverless vehicles mean for the economy, employment and your business.

MCAV announces Event Compere: Beverley Nielsen and Abhi Naha

Beverley NielsenBeverley, having recently stood as Lib Dem Mayoral candidate in the West Midlands, is passionate about transport and connectivity as well as bringing people, businesses and products together to create opportunity for all through building better futures. With a decade of experience in policy, campaigning and lobbying as Director, CBI West Midlands and CEO, Heart of England Tourist Board, a decade as Director of the iconic FTSE-250 business, AGA Rangemaster plc, and MD, Fired Earth, and a further decade working in Higher Education as Fellow at WMG, University of Warwick and Director at Birmingham City University, she is well positioned to host a lively debate, gaining key insights into what the future holds for transport in the region. Read more

Abhi NahaAbhi Naha is the Chief Commercial Officer of CW (Cambridge Wireless) a not for profit technology membership organisation which includes Intel, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, ARM, Jaguar Land Rover, Vodafone, BT and Astra Zeneca as part of their 430 plus members and high growth scale ups such as DarkTrace, Five AI, GeoSpock and Conigital. He was the CEO and Founder of Zone V a Cambridge startup backed by Qualcomm and ARM focused on empowering people with aging eyes and visually impaired through inclusively designed smartphones.

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

To exhibit or to book your tickets please contact Nicole or Monique on 07010 712178 or 0121 2883660. Alternatively you can email us at info@mcav.org.uk

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Save the Date – Driverless Vehicle Event & MCAV Launch 27th June 2017

MCAV Cluster launch to support new and existing businesses access emerging £51 billion CAV Market

Welcome to the MCAV Cluster (Midlands Connected Autonomous Vehicle)

Latest news – Editorial Note

Monique Seth
‘We live in exciting times where the lines between science fiction and science fact have become blurred, we are keen to build on the investment Midland businesses have received from Innovate UK to help continue on developing our regional economy and investments in people and skills.’

Monique Seth, Conigital Lead Partner for MCAV

About MCAV

The Midlands Connected Autonomous Vehicle (“MCAV”) cluster has been set up to support new and existing businesses enter the growing Connected Autonomous Vehicles (“CAV”) market. KPMG research indicates that the CAV market has the potential to add £51 billion per year to the UK economy by 2030, create 320,000 new jobs and prevent 25,000 accidents saving 2500 lives per year. MCAV has been set up at iCentrum, part of Innovation Birmingham, the UK’s third oldest science park and a base for the region’s growing Tech community.

MCAV will create a technology corridor between Cambridge and Birmingham to develop a platform for members to stimulate collaborative innovation through high-profile networking events and Special Interest Groups (“SIGs”). This will help members facilitate new networks, build consortia for tenders and recruit highly skilled individuals. For more information please see: www.mcav.org.uk and join us at our inaugural Transport of the Future event.

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Driverless Vehicle Event: The Future of Transport 27 June 2017

MCAV PodOur launch event, “The Future of Transport for the Midlands,” is on Tuesday 27th June at iCentrum in conjunction with Transport for West Midlands (“TfWM”), Innovation Birmingham and Tesla. Join us to hear and see the latest innovations and live vehicle demonstrations from leading experts from the transport sector about what to expect in the coming years.

Time: 2pm – 6pm, (6-8 pm MCAV Launch & Drinks Reception)

Meeting place: iCentrum, Holt St, Birmingham B7 4BB

Agenda: Click here for the agenda or to find out more about our speakers click here.

Our Audience: consists of senior officials and decision makers from our end customers such as airports, shopping centres and other high traffic destinations to city councils, OEMs, transport authorities, RTO’s, investors and infrastructure specialists who have significant funds to invest into the right CAV/transport consortiums or projects, be they part government funded and/or commercial deals.

Keynote speakers and demonstrations include:

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For information on Keynotes click here or to register click here.

MCAV announces Event Compere: Beverley Nielsen

Beverley NielsenBeverley, having recently stood as Lib Dem Mayoral candidate in the West Midlands and as a long time Midlands’ champion, is passionate about transport and connectivity as well as bringing people, businesses and products together to create opportunity for all through building better futures. With a decade of experience in policy, campaigning and lobbying as Director, CBI West Midlands and CEO, Heart of England Tourist Board, a decade as Director of the iconic FTSE-250 business, AGA Rangemaster plc, and MD, Fired Earth, and a further decade working in Higher Education as Fellow at WMG, University of Warwick and Director at Birmingham City University, she is well positioned to host a lively debate, gaining key insights into what the future holds for transport in the region. Read more

£109 million of funding for driverless and low carbon projects

Greg Clark, UK Business Secretary, announced plans for the first phase of £109 million investment in the Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (“CAV”) testing infrastructure. The investment, matched by industry, will create the world’s most effective CAV testing cluster in the UK’s automotive and technology heartlands between Birmingham and London. Government investment will cement the UK’s status as the go-to destination for development of CAV technology. Read more

MCAV Launch Event & Reception, June 27th 2017, 6-8pm

Launch event on 27th of June 2017Tickets are priced at £25 each. An evening showcasing driverless vehicle technology including a live driverless demo from Tesla in their Model X and opportunity to network with the panel and key figures form the world of Transport including transport infrastructure investors. Book your ticket here.

Join the Driverless Revolution

Joining the MCAV would be an ideal opportunity to discuss debate and network with leading transport experts on a variety of issues and challenges the transport industry is about to face. Join MCAV today and register here.

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

Sponsoring MCAV is an unbeatable way to showcase your brand, both in pre-show marketing and at the event. This represents a unique opportunity to reach a carefully targeted audience. Find out more by clicking here or contact us on 0121 2883660.

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