Standards for Cyber Security on New Cars gets the Green Light

Press Releases   •   Apr 11, 2017 09:13 BST

​Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, has today (April 11, 2017) given the green light to 5*StarS as part of the national strategy to establish the UK as a global centre for the development, testing and commercialisation of Connected Autonomous Vehicles.


Grey area between "Assisted" and "Automated" driving systems a concern for UK Insurers

Press Releases   •   Aug 01, 2017 00:01 BST

• A clear distinction between “Assisted” and “Automated” systems is fundamental, say UK Insurers • Call for vehicle manufacturers to avoid overstating the reliance that can be placed on the different levels of automation. • Data from accidents should be made available to all parties, to define whether the vehicle or the driver is liable


Ford responds to Euro NCAP Mustang safety rating, SEAT sets new Supermini safety benchmark

Press Releases   •   Jul 05, 2017 09:07 BST


Challenging decisions lie ahead for bodyshops, as modern vehicles trigger need for specialised repair strategies

Press Releases   •   Jun 20, 2017 09:35 BST

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Salvage code updated to help keep dangerous vehicles off the road

Press Releases   •   Jun 14, 2017 14:17 BST

The updated insurance industry code of practice for dealing with motor salvage is being published today, ten years after it was last reviewed.

The Association of British Insurers (ABI), which co-ordinates the code, is sharing the results of an extensive review ahead of the new code coming into effect on 1st October 2017. It follows two years of engagement with multiple stakeholders including insurers, vehicle manufacturers, affected government departments and agencies, police and the vehicle leasing and salvage industries.

The new code reflects the increasing complexity of newer vehicles which can make it harder for damaged cars to be safely repaired. It also has a greater focus on the condition of the vehicle rather than repair costs. Changes include:

Replacing previous salvage categories A, B, C and D with

A: Scrap

B: Break

S: Structurally damaged repairable

N: Non-structurally damaged repairable

The scope of the code has been increased to include some guidance on motorcycles and quadricycles

Minimum qualification requirements have been introduced for all individuals who categorise vehicle salvage.

Ben Howarth, Senior Policy Adviser for Motor and Liability at the ABI, says:

“The salvage code is a great example of the insurance industry working together for the good of the general public. It’s important the code moves with the times, and this update takes account of two years of consultation and extensive technical scrutiny from Thatcham Research. The changes are focused on making the UK’s roads safer, and ensuring that consumers have transparency about the history of vehicles they are considering buying.”

Tamzen Isacsson, SMMT Director of Communications and International, says:

“Manufacturers design and build vehicles to the highest possible safety standards. Today’s announcement is a positive and significant step by industry, insurers and governing bodies to further improve safety on our roads and ensure there is clarity on whether an accident-damaged vehicle is fit for repair or should be scrapped.

“We welcome the new voluntary code, but putting a complete stop to the unscrupulous activity of repairing vehicles that should be scrapped will require legislation.”

The new Code of Practice for the Categorisation of Motor Vehicle Salvage can be seen in full here.

Thatcham Research is the independent voice of automotive safety & repair, advising motorists, insurers and vehicle manufacturers to help reduce accident frequency, severity and costs and to realise the vision of ‘Safer cars, fewer crashes’.

As well as its world leading crash and track research, Thatcham Research tests and accredits crash repair parts, vehicle repair technicians, and a number of other products and services within the collision repair industry for insurers, motor manufacturers, equipment manufacturers and suppliers.

A founder member of the international Research Council for Automobile Repairs (RCAR), Thatcham Research has also been a member of the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) since 2004.

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Thatcham Research calls for new thinking and approaches to halt spiralling cost of repair

Press Releases   •   Jun 06, 2017 09:01 BST


Richard Billyeald will join Thatcham Research as Chief Technical Officer on 14 August 2017

News   •   Jun 05, 2017 11:40 BST

Richard Billyeald appointed as Chief Technical Officer from 14 August 2017: brings 20 years plus experience delivering cutting-edge engineering programmes in the automotive, motorsport, aerospace and military sectors Pivotal moment for Thatcham Research as it addresses major issues facing vehicle and insurance industries Andrew Miller leaves on 16 June 2017 to set up own consultancy business


Škoda and MINI get top safety ratings

Press Releases   •   May 31, 2017 16:19 BST

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Thatcham Research hails Volkswagen as a "trailblazer" as it announces standard fitment of AEB on all UK vans from 1 June 2017

News   •   May 31, 2017 09:30 BST

Peter Shaw, Chief Executive at Thatcham Research, commenting on Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ decision to fit Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) as standard on all UK vans from 1 June 2017 said:

“Volkswagen is a trailblazer and should be applauded for being the first manufacturer to fit AEB as standard on all their vans in the UK.The truth is that we are seeing a year on year rise in deaths and serious injuries involving vans, which this technology can help to avoid.

"It is shocking that AEB, a proven lifesaving technology, has not been widely available to van owners or drivers until now. We call upon all vehicle manufacture to follow Volkswagen's lead, and fit AEB as standard across all their light commercial vehicles as soon as possible.”

Not only does autonomous emergency braking have the potential to reduce the number and severity of accidents, it has also been proven to cut third party injury insurance claims by 45 per cent. For van drivers and fleet operators, this means lower costs as well as less downtime thanks to fewer crashes and therefore drivers and vans kept on the road – and working – for longer. In addition, vehicles fitted with autonomous emergency braking systems have an average insurance premium reduction of ten per cent compared to those which don’t.

Volkswagen is the first commercial vehicle brand to fit all its vans (Caddy, Transporter and Crafter) with autonomous emergency braking systems (Front Assist with City Emergency Braking).

Year on year rise in deaths and serious injuries involving vans Volkswagen a trailblazer for being the first manufacturer to fit AEB as standard on all their vans in the UK Shocking that AEB, a proven lifesaving technology, has not been available on vans until now Call for all vehicle manufacturers to follow suit

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​Drivers challenged to make car safety a ‘deal-breaker’

Press Releases   •   May 04, 2017 09:01 BST

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