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Vehicle research centre backs calls to simplify safety jargon to help second hand car buyers

Press Releases   •   Jul 19, 2016 00:01 BST

As the UK’s top 10 ‘Safest Used Family Cars 2016’ are revealed by Co-op Insurance, safety experts at Thatcham Research back fresh calls to make safety information more accessible to car buyers.

The UK’s Most Popular Cars Ranked by AEB Safety

The UK’s Most Popular Cars Ranked by AEB Safety

Press Releases   •   Jul 06, 2016 09:17 BST

New car sales figures released today reveal that the majority of the most popular cars in Britain now offer five star crash protection, but standard fitment of Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) is still only available on half of them.

The Journey to Autonomous Vehicles : Why safety has to come first

The Journey to Autonomous Vehicles : Why safety has to come first

News   •   Jun 28, 2016 12:07 BST

Matthew Avery, Director of Research at the UK’s leading independent vehicle safety organisation, Thatcham Research, will this evening feature on ITV4’s 'Goodwood First Glance' in an interview with Nicki Shields, explaining the key stages in the move towards full vehicle autonomy and why safety has to be the priority.

Customer Experience Top Priority in Bodyshop of the Future

Customer Experience Top Priority in Bodyshop of the Future

Press Releases   •   Jun 27, 2016 13:24 BST

Industry experts debate key challenges for the Bodyshop of the Future at ‘Repair Focus’

New Euro NCAP Five-Star Cars Embrace Safety by Featuring Advanced High Performance Automatic Braking Systems

New Euro NCAP Five-Star Cars Embrace Safety by Featuring Advanced High Performance Automatic Braking Systems

Press Releases   •   Jun 22, 2016 09:08 BST

Vehicle safety test results issued today by Euro NCAP reveal that car makers are embracing the importance of offering a full range of advanced safety technologies on new vehicles and accepting that standard rather than optional fitment is the best policy.

Active Safety Campaign Gathers Momentum in Latin America

Active Safety Campaign Gathers Momentum in Latin America

News   •   Jun 15, 2016 12:32 BST

Chief Executive of Thatcham Research, Peter Shaw welcomed the continuing efforts to promote life-saving crash avoidance technologies across the globe, as the #STOPTHECRASH partnership hosted its Latin America Launch.

Car Makers and Consumers Have the Power to Make New Cars Safer

Car Makers and Consumers Have the Power to Make New Cars Safer

News   •   Jun 06, 2016 13:13 BST

BBC Radio 4’s consumer affairs programme, ‘YOU & YOURS’, today (6 June 2016) featured discussion on the importance of Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) as a crucial car safety technology – highlighting the role of consumers in insisting it is a key feature on their cars, and the responsibility that car makers have to make it more widely available...

Queen's Speech - Driverless Cars:  Experts reveal the Stages of Automation

Queen's Speech - Driverless Cars: Experts reveal the Stages of Automation

News   •   May 17, 2016 15:16 BST

A look forward at the expected stages of vehicle automation that are relevant to a new Transport Bill to be announced in the Queen's Speech that will help pave the way for driverless cars.

The Three Life-Saving Questions That New Car Buyers Must Ask

The Three Life-Saving Questions That New Car Buyers Must Ask

Press Releases   •   May 04, 2016 10:00 BST

Four major automotive names will join forces at the London Motor Show as part of the Global NCAP #STOPTHECRASH partnership to ensure that consumers considering buying a new car know the life-saving questions they must ask their dealer before making their choice.

Drivers should not get too relaxed as autonomous cars get closer

Drivers should not get too relaxed as autonomous cars get closer

Press Releases   •   May 03, 2016 07:00 BST

The arrival of autonomous vehicles will transform the way we drive, but there is a danger some accidents could be caused by motorists thinking they can stop paying attention to the road before the technology is sufficiently advanced. Unless a vehicle is fully autonomous and able to respond appropriately in an emergency, drivers still have to be ready to take back control at a moment’s notice.

Thatcham Research welcomes Volvo Cars UK’s largest and most ambitious real world autonomous driving trial

Thatcham Research welcomes Volvo Cars UK’s largest and most ambitious real world autonomous driving trial

Press Releases   •   Apr 27, 2016 00:01 BST

Thatcham Research welcomes Volvo Cars’ UK-based autonomous driving trial announced today - called ‘Drive Me London’ – that significantly differentiates itself from other autonomous driving trials by using real families driving cars on UK public roads.

Euro NCAP Premieres First Rating with Pedestrian Detection

Euro NCAP Premieres First Rating with Pedestrian Detection

News   •   Apr 20, 2016 13:20 BST

The Toyota Prius is the first car to have undergone Euro NCAP’s newest test of autonomous emergency braking (AEB) technology for pedestrians.

Thatcham Research welcomes UN support for AEB as standard on all new cars

Thatcham Research welcomes UN support for AEB as standard on all new cars

Press Releases   •   Apr 15, 2016 16:57 BST

Thatcham Research welcomes the United Nations General Assembly adopting a resolution which represents the strongest ever commitment on road safety made by UN Member States. Peter Shaw, Chief Executive of Thatcham Research available for comment.

Green Light for Repair Sector Single Skill Apprenticeships

Green Light for Repair Sector Single Skill Apprenticeships

Press Releases   •   Apr 14, 2016 17:05 BST

Continued long term funding for apprenticeships in core occupations including Paint, Panel and Mechanical in the Automotive Collision Repair Sector has been secured following extensive consultation with the Department for Business Innovation & Skills .

Europe Risks Falling Behind America in Vehicle Safety

Europe Risks Falling Behind America in Vehicle Safety

Press Releases   •   Mar 22, 2016 10:53 GMT

Responding to the European Transport Safety Council’s (ETSC) call for an overhaul of the European car safety framework, Thatcham Research supports the need for regulatory intervention to ensure that lifesaving technologies such as Automated Emergency Braking (AEB) is standard on all vehicles.

Research Centre calls For Funding Clarity to Help Fill UK Automotive Industry Skills Gap

Research Centre calls For Funding Clarity to Help Fill UK Automotive Industry Skills Gap

Press Releases   •   Mar 11, 2016 14:10 GMT

The success of the UK automotive industry is creating increased demand for new skills. However, uncertainty over access to funding could jeopardise government targets of delivering 3 million new apprentice starts over the next 4 years, according to Thatcham Research.

Thatcham Times and Parts Data Empowering Malaysian Crash Repair

Thatcham Times and Parts Data Empowering Malaysian Crash Repair

Press Releases   •   Mar 09, 2016 12:05 GMT

An agreement between Thatcham Research and the MRC (the Kuala Lumpur based Motordata Research Consortium) is set to ensure the Malaysian crash repair industry has access to the latest comprehensive vehicle repair data from Thatcham Research.

Safety should be “Standard” on all new cars launched in 2016

Safety should be “Standard” on all new cars launched in 2016

Press Releases   •   Feb 12, 2016 10:37 GMT

• Thatcham Research welcomes the support of ‘What Car?’ magazine as they join the call for Autonomous Emergency Braking on all new cars • No longer any excuse for car makers to launch new cars without AEB as standard. Where it is an “extra”, car manufacturers and dealerships, need to promote and explain the benefits of potentially lifesaving technology more effectively to consumers

Lead Role for Thatcham at Driverless Car Insurance Group

Lead Role for Thatcham at Driverless Car Insurance Group

News   •   Jan 20, 2016 09:54 GMT

UK motor insurers are committing themselves to helping smooth the path of driverless cars onto UK roads, with the launch of a new initiative to address some of the issues which need to be overcome.

Key Steps to Improving Vehicle Safety

Key Steps to Improving Vehicle Safety

Press Releases   •   Jan 13, 2016 23:05 GMT

The Actions That Drivers and Vehicle Manufacturers Should be Taking Now to Further Improve Vehicle Safety.