Topics: Cars and traffic
Thatcham Research’s Road To Rally project celebrates participation in AutoRaise rally and sets sights on Bangers4Ben charity rally
Automotive Risk Intelligence company Thatcham Research is celebrating their participation in the AutoRaise charity rally, completing the two-day event in their restored 2007 Mazda MX5 and raising £2,750.
COMMENT: Thatcham Research supports House of Commons Transport Committee report on self-driving vehicles
The recently published House of Commons Transport Committee report extensively covers various aspects of self-driving vehicles, including insurance, government policy and consumer adoption. Tom Leggett, vehicle technology specialist at risk intelligence company Thatcham Research offers an expert view on the report’s findings.
Thatcham Research ‘insurability’ consultancy supports Toyota and industry consortium partners in pioneering powertrain conversion
Thatcham Research, renowned for research-led automotive risk intelligence, is hailing Toyota’s prototype hydrogen fuel cell variant of its iconic Hilux pick up as a benchmark in sustainable vehicle design strategy.
The Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd (TMUK) led project is a collaborative effort to pioneer zero-emission technology in the commercial vehicle market, reflecting evolving custome
Apprentice numbers stalling despite Thatcham Research programme expansion
Last year, Thatcham Research doubled its MET (Mechanical Electrical Trim) technician capacity in recognition of increased customer demand. This increase was possible thanks to funding from insurer members who recognised the requirement for greater learning capacity within the repair sector.
With expectations to have almost 300 learners on programme by the end of 2023, approximately 25% more
Enhancing vehicle safety with technology: how the latest Euro NCAP results mark a shift towards new sensing technologies
Euro NCAP Changes for 2023
The European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), which assesses the safety performance of new vehicles entering the European market, is the benchmark for vehicle safety. The testing and performance protocols used in the Euro NCAP are regularly updated to reflect technological advancements in vehicles to ensure they represent the latest and highest safety sta
Thatcham Research ‘EV Safe’ training to prepare public sector for electric vehicles
Today, Thatcham Research has announced cutting-edge EV Safe training to help the public sector prepare for the unique safety challenges presented by electric vehicles (EVs).
EV Safe will ensure the safety of key workers who interact with High Voltage (HV) vehicles as the volume of EVs on the road continues to grow, and the public sector increasingly supports their introduction via the UK Go
New report highlights risks to Battery Electric Vehicle adoption if repair and insurance sector concerns are not addressed
Thatcham Research and Innovate UK’s much-anticipated Impact of BEV Adoption on the Repair and Insurance Sectors report finds all parts of the Motor Insurance Claims process will need to adapt to support transition to Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs). Implications remain unquantified on repair capacity, training and skills, cost, and lifetime sustainability of BEVs. Although solutions exist for m
Moving with the times: Thatcham Research’s escribe celebrates 10 years of providing vital intelligence to the repair industry
escribe continues to serve UK vehicle repairers in its 10th anniversary year. Repair portal contains more than half a million repair methods, across more than 1,000 models. escribe users complete just under two million methods downloads per year. Demand for ADAS repair methods guidance has risen by 58% in the last five years. EV repair methods downloads have increased by more than 300% since 2018
COMMENT: Assisted Driving Gradings for three new vehicles released
The latest set of Assisted Driving gradings have been released by Euro NCAP, based on assessments of three new vehicles, the Alfa Romeo Tonale (‘moderate’), Nissan Ariya (‘very good’) and Renault Austral (‘very good’).
Thatcham Research, the automotive risk intelligence company and Euro NCAP partner, played a prominent role in the design of the assessments, which focus on ensuring drivers are a
Thatcham Research enables sustainable headlamp repair with new guidance
Headlamps are one of the most commonly damaged components on a vehicle The need for sustainable headlamp repair is increasing; the cost of a replacement headlamp can be as much as 8% of a new vehicle’s value Thatcham Research has investigated headlamp repair options and used data to create new best practice guidance for vehicle repairers and carmakers The guidance highlights how bracket repair
COMMENT: Ford pioneers ‘hands-off, eyes-on’ driving in the UK
Following news today from Ford, announcing that it has launched the UK’s first ‘hands-free’ assisted driving system, Thatcham Research Vehicle Technology Specialist Tom Leggett offers an expert view, explaining what “BlueCruise” is and, importantly, what it isn’t:
“While many reports have suggested that Ford has launched Britain’s first ‘self-driving’ car, this is the next development in assis
COMMENT: Euro NCAP Commercial Van ratings bring collision severity onto the radar
Today, Euro NCAP, the voluntary vehicle safety programme, released updated ratings for 18 commercial vans. The vans’ ‘active’ crash avoidance systems were tested against tougher new protocols, resulting in a variety of safety awards from ‘Gold’ through to ‘Not Recommended’.
Automotive risk intelligence company Thatcham Research is the UK’s only Euro NCAP accredited testing centre, and its chief
The safest new car of 2022: Tesla Model Y crowned What Car? Safety Award winner as European new car releases achieve best-ever Euro NCAP test scores
Tesla scoops safety prize at the annual What Car? Car of the Year awards, held in London Model Y’s 98% Safety Assist score highest-ever recorded by Euro NCAP Strong-performing Smart #1 and Mercedes EQE named as award runners-up Euro NCAP reports best-ever results in 2022 with 53 of 67 cars tested earning five-star rating Driver monitoring systems and centre airbags now feature on majority of shor
Best-ever Euro NCAP test results shape Thatcham Research safest cars list for 2022
Thatcham Research and What Car? present 10-car shortlist for the What Car? Safety Award 2023 Judges only consider five-star Euro NCAP rated vehicles, along with other criteria such as safety innovation and mass market appeal All cars tested by Euro NCAP in 2022 score four- or five-star rating for first time in programme history Results show safety performance remains a top priority for carmakers
Thatcham Research secures funding to identify EV repair and insurance pain points
Five-month research project funded by Innovate UK (IUK), the UK’s innovation agency
· Insurer LV= and SYNETIQ, a specialist in vehicle salvage, dismantling and recycling, to support Thatcham Research
Risk intelligence specialist Thatcham Research is today announcing that it will lead a funded project focused on Electric Vehicle (EV) collision repair and salvage processes and their i
Thatcham Research partners with Toyota on pioneering Hydrogen Hilux project
Thatcham Research is working closely with Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd (TMUK) to develop a hydrogen version of Toyota’s iconic Hilux pick-up.
Comment: Mercedes/Bosch fully automated parking system approved in Germany
The world’s first automated driverless parking function has been officially approved for commercial use, with Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority green-lighting the Mercedes-Benz / Bosch automated parking system in a parking garage at Stuttgart Airport.
Thatcham Research chief research strategy officer Matthew Avery comments:
“Mercedes-Benz continues to break new ground in Germany, w
Trust in Automation: US and UK motorists’ behavioural quirks reveal Automated system design challenge
Further insights revealed from the Trust in Automation survey
Confused UK drivers believe they can buy a fully Autonomous car today
Over half of UK drivers think that they can buy a fully Autonomous car today.