Confused UK drivers believe they can buy a fully autonomous car right now

Thatcham Research has launched findings from its Trust in Automation consumer study which has revealed that just over half of UK drivers think that they can buy a fully autonomous car today. This is despite the fact that only Assisted Driving systems, which require driver support, are currently available in the UK. “Realising the government’s stated […]

AW Repair Group becomes first group to complete Thatcham Research EV training

As the number of Electric Vehicle registrations continues to increase rapidly – with 190,792 pure electric cars registered last year, up from 108,205 the year before – AW Repair Group has achieved ‘EV Ready’ certification across all its sites. AW, one of the UK’s leading accident repair groups, was the first to sign up for […]

Faded white lines “could thwart drive for autonomous cars”

It’s being claimed the problem of faded road markings is affecting the safety systems of millions of motorists’ cars. The Times reports that the problem of faded road markings is already affecting the safety systems of millions of motorists’ cars, with the country’s ambition to lead the world in automated cars being hindered by the poor state of […]

Thatcham Research reveals “Encouraging” Assisted Driving Grading results

Thatcham Research and Euro NCAP are encouraged by the results of their latest Assisted Driving Gradings, which show all seven of the mainstream vehicle manufacturers whose cars were tested, are committed to fitting robust Assisted Driving technology at every price point. Thatcham Research and Euro NCAP’s world-first Assisted Driving Grading assessments were introduced in October […]

Thatcham doubles apprentice intake

The motor insurers’ R&D centre Thatcham Research is going to take on two major intakes of new starters planned in the Autumn, with over 150 what it calls much-needed apprentices set to join its programme this year. The first 35 apprentices started on Monday 27 September, followed by a second group which is due to start […]

Thatcham plans world-first Automated Driving System consumer ratings

The Thatcham research body has announced funding for a proof-of-concept consumer safety rating for Automated Driving Systems. In a project with Zenzic, the independent rating will initiatally focus on Automated Lane Keeping Systems (ALKS). This technology could see motorists driving hands-free on UK motorways at limited speeds within a year. The goal is that this […]

Van makers urged to fit better safety technology

The organisation overseeing the safety of vehicles in Europe is urging van manufacturers to fit more lifesaving collision avoidance technology to their vehicles as standard after tests for a new Commercial Van Safety Rating revealed what it calls “alarming results”. Euro NCAP, working with Thatcham Research, found that out of 19 vans tested – representing […]

Researchers offer insurers insight into ADAS risk

The motor research body Thatcham is offering insurance companies a new dataset which it says offers the most detailed insight yet to the risk-affecting technologies on new cars. It says ADAS technologies present insurers with “new risk considerations” and so is acting to give its members “the powerful data they need to understand vehicle risk […]


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