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Nottingham is a city and unitary authority area in Nottinghamshire, England, 128 miles (206 km) north of London, in the East Midlands. In 2015, Nottingham had an estimated population of 321,550, with the wider urban area, which includes many of the city's suburbs, having a population of 915,977.

Nottingham has links to the legend of Robin Hood and to the lace making, bicycle (notably Raleigh bikes), and tobacco industries.

Nottingham is home to the headquarters of several companies.

Manchester is a city and metropolitan borough in Greater Manchester, England, with a population of 530,300 as of 2015. It lies within the United Kingdom's second-most populous urban area, with a population of 2.55 million.[

London is the capital and most populous city of both England and the United Kingdom. Standing on the River Thames in the south east of the island of Great Britain, London has been a major settlement for two millennia. Its estimated mid-2016 municipal population (corresponding to Greater London) was 8,787,892 and accounts for 13.4% of the population in the United Kingdom.

Coventry is a city and metropolitan borough in the West Midlands, England. It is the second largest city in the West Midlands region, after Birmingham, with a population of 345,385 in 2015.

Coventry has been a centre of motor and cycle manufacturing from 1896. Coventry motor companies have contributed significantly to the British motor industry.

City Lab Coventry is a living lab (member of the European Network of Living Labs – ENoLL) that resulted from the joint venture between Coventry University and Coventry City Council.

Corridor Manchester is an innovation district supported by a strong public-private partnership formed in 2007, with a strategic vision and £2.8 billion to be invested in capital builds, infrastructure, and public realm improvements until 2025.

The Sharing Cities “lighthouse” programme was launched in 2016 and it will be developed over the course of 60 months. Sharing Cities received over €24 million from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. Its approach is focused on international cooperation between cities as a means to build smart cities together, scaling up common solutions to shared problems.

The city of Nottingham received £5 million of the European Union Horizon 2020 Research Funding Programme in 2015 as one of 5 lighthouse cities for the Remourban project, with the aim of addressing significant sustainability issues related to transport, energy, and ICT. And Nottingham has been very creative in achieving its targets.

The GATEway project – acronym for Greenwich Automated Transport Environment – is a research initiative that is taking place in the UK Smart Mobility Lab (from TRL) in Greenwich with the purpose of testing different uses for automated driverless vehicles to adequately position them in the urban environment, taking into account all technical, legal, and societal factors involved.

The Triangulum “lighthouse” programme was launched in February 2015 and it will be developed until January 2020. Triangulum received €25.4 million funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (the overall budget of the programme is €29.5 million).