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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.

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.

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.

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.

Revealed : The Safest Cars in Britain

Revealed : The Safest Cars in Britain

Press releases   •   Jan 13, 2016 23:01 GMT

Revealed : The Safest Cars in Britain and the Actions That Drivers and Vehicle Manufacturers Should be Taking Now to Further Improve Vehicle Safety

Thatcham Research Supports Fleet Call to Transport Minister

Thatcham Research Supports Fleet Call to Transport Minister

Press releases   •   Jan 05, 2016 09:19 GMT

• Support for adoption of Autonomous Emergency Braking • Inclusion of Euro NCAP Safety ratings in official government buying standards • Adoption of a common set of standards to develop intelligent mobility

Safer Cars, Fewer Crashes

Safer Cars, Fewer Crashes

News   •   Dec 18, 2015 14:05 GMT

Thatcham Research have launched a new Car Safety website designed to support the centre's key research activity in vehicle safety.

The Search is on for Britain's Safest Car

The Search is on for Britain's Safest Car

Press releases   •   Dec 15, 2015 15:00 GMT

What Car? and Thatcham Research will unveil the safest car launched this year at its annual Car of the Year Awards ceremony in January 2016.

Future Proofing Vehicle Safety Technology to Focus on Vulnerable Road Users

Future Proofing Vehicle Safety Technology to Focus on Vulnerable Road Users

Press releases   •   Dec 02, 2015 12:18 GMT

As Euro NCAP release their last vehicle safety ratings for 2015, Thatcham Research believes that the prospects for “vulnerable road users” such as pedestrians and cyclists are improving, as vehicle manufacturers future proof their safety systems using camera technology.

Thatcham Research Supports Calls for Worldwide Mandatory Fitment of ESC

Thatcham Research Supports Calls for Worldwide Mandatory Fitment of ESC

Press releases   •   Nov 18, 2015 12:13 GMT

As the “Stop the Crash Partnership” kicked off a new worldwide vehicle safety campaign by calling on the Brazilian government to mandate Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Thatcham Research experts backed up the initiative.

Thatcham Gathers International Expertise Together in the UK

Thatcham Gathers International Expertise Together in the UK

Press releases   •   Sep 24, 2015 11:47 BST

Automotive research and repair experts from around the globe met together in the heart of England this week to discuss some of the burning issues affecting the automotive and insurance industries worldwide.

Thatcham Challenges EU Car Makers to Match USA Crash Avoidance Pledge

Thatcham Challenges EU Car Makers to Match USA Crash Avoidance Pledge

Press releases   •   Sep 16, 2015 11:44 BST

Leading insurance-owned research body, Thatcham Research, is calling on 10 vehicle manufacturers in Europe to match their USA commitment to fit autonomous emergency braking (AEB) as standard on all new cars.