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UK sees autonomous fleet trial

Monday, 24 April 2017

UK sees autonomous fleet trial

A consortium of British companies has unveiled a plan to test driverless cars on UK roads and motorways in 2019.

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Tesla’s risky technology move

Monday, 24 April 2017

Tesla’s risky technology move

Reuters reports that Tesla Inc chief executive Elon Musk took many risks with the technology in his company's cars on the way to surpassing Ford Motor Co's market value.

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Insurance premiums continue to rise

Friday, 21 April 2017

Insurance premiums continue to rise

The rising cost of motor insurance shows no signs of falling, according to the ABI’s Motor Premium Tracker published today.

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Motor industry body welcomes EV licensing

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Motor industry body welcomes EV licensing

Daniel Zeichner MP calls for Licensing of motor industry professionals working on electric vehicles in House of Commons debate.

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MOT failure rates ‘unacceptable’

Tuesday, 04 April 2017

MOT failure rates ‘unacceptable’

Government figures have revealed tyre defects account for over a quarter (27%) of all car MoT failures.

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Virtual testing cuts development time

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Virtual testing cuts development time

This week, the Advanced Propulsion Centre’s (APC) Spoke community launched the World’s first network of virtual testing facilities

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Autonomous vehicles are 'life-enhancing'

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Autonomous vehicles are 'life-enhancing'

Connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) will transform the lives of six out of every 10 people in the UK

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Criminal gang sentenced following five year investigation

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Criminal gang sentenced following five year investigation

On Tuesday six people were sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court for their involvement in a series of sophisticated frauds that caused companies throughout the UK to lose over half a million pounds.

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Toyota issues airbag recall

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Toyota issues airbag recall

Toyota Motor Corp on Thursday said it was recalling a total of about 2.9 million vehicles in Japan, China, Oceania and other regions

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Britain needs overhaul of eyesight regulations

Friday, 24 March 2017

Britain needs overhaul of eyesight regulations

Road safety organisation GEM Motoring Assist says better regulation of eyesight tests for drivers would cut collisions and make Britain’s roads safer.

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Ten years to electric flights

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Ten years to electric flights

A new start-up says that it intends to offer an electric-powered commercial flight from London to Paris in 10 years.

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Looking forward

Friday, 17 March 2017

Looking forward

This year's Natioanl Conference is planning to take a look at future technologies, and how this will affect us going forward as an industry

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Autonomous should not = lazy

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Autonomous should not = lazy

IAM RoadSmart has expressed concern that cars with growing levels of autonomy could make motorists lazy and over reliant on gadgets

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‘Much to do’ for CAV future

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

‘Much to do’ for CAV future

The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee has published its report Connected and Autonomous Vehicles: The future? which indicates there is ‘much to do’.

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Britain has potential as a world leader in future technology

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Britain has potential as a world leader in future technology

Government and the UK automotive industry have come together to discuss plans to position Britain as a world leader in electric and connected and autonomous vehicle technology.

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Thatcham hosts new wave

Monday, 13 March 2017

Thatcham hosts new wave

As Apprentice Week finishes celebrating its 10th Anniversary (6 - 10 March), Thatcham Research is continuing to lead the way in closing the skills gap for core occupations

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Volvo Car Ireland shares safety knowledge

Monday, 13 March 2017

Volvo Car Ireland shares safety knowledge

Last week Volvo Car Ireland hosted a unique two day body and technology event with key decision makers from the aftersales industry.

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VW pleads guilty

Monday, 13 March 2017

VW pleads guilty

Volkswagen has pleaded guilty to fraud, obstruction of justice and falsifying statements as part of a £3.5bn settlement reached with the US Justice Department over the diesel emissions scandal.

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IMI launches ‘Vision for the Future’

Thursday, 09 March 2017

IMI launches ‘Vision for the Future’

In a unique communications partnership, the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) and ITN Productions have launched a news and current affairs-style programme.

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Collective calls for IPT freeze

Tuesday, 07 March 2017

Collective calls for IPT freeze

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has joined forces with business, finance and charity groups in an open letter calling on the Government to cancel the planned increase in Insurance Premium Tax (IPT)

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Petition forces parliament discussion on insurance cap

Tuesday, 07 March 2017

Petition forces parliament discussion on insurance cap

Parliament will debate a petition to put a £1,200 cap on car insurance for 18-25 year olds.

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ABI: Autonomous tech depends on clarity

Tuesday, 07 March 2017

ABI: Autonomous tech depends on clarity

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has said that establishing clear definitions of which vehicles can be safely used in automated mode is going to be a crucial part of bringing this technology successfully onto the UK’s roads.

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Apprenticeship Levy will provide economic boost

Tuesday, 07 March 2017

Apprenticeship Levy will provide economic boost

Businesses across England are being urged to take advantage of the new Apprenticeship Levy being introduced next month

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Fires prompt Daimler recall

Tuesday, 07 March 2017

Fires prompt Daimler recall

Reuters reports that Daimler AG said it will recall one million newer-model Mercedes-Benz vehicles worldwide due to the risk of fire, after 51 fires were reported.

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Fiat and Ford fall short on safety

Wednesday, 01 March 2017

Fiat and Ford fall short on safety

Today, Euro NCAP releases the results of six new cars.

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MIB clarifies Untraced Drivers Agreement

Wednesday, 01 March 2017

MIB clarifies Untraced Drivers Agreement

The new Untraced Drivers Agreement comes into effect for accidents occuring on or after 1 March 2017.

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Drivers face tougher phone penalties

Wednesday, 01 March 2017

Drivers face tougher phone penalties

The government has introduced today tougher penalties for those caught using mobile phones when driving

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Government caps whiplash payouts

Friday, 24 February 2017

Government caps whiplash payouts

Justice secretary Elizabeth Truss has unveiled the historic Prisons and Courts Bill, paving the way for the biggest overhaul of prisons in a generation and the delivery of a world-class court system

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ABI DG warns on Discount Rate mistake

Friday, 24 February 2017

ABI DG warns on Discount Rate mistake

The expected move by the Lord Chancellor to change the Discount Rate which is used to calculate compensation payments could see insurance premiums increase for millions

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Google and Uber go to court

Friday, 24 February 2017

Google and Uber go to court

BBC reports that Uber is being sued for stealing trade secrets and technology from Google.

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The most revolutionary car in the world

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

The most revolutionary car in the world

From the Ford Model T to the Tesla Model S, Autocar is giving its readers the chance to have their say as part of a poll to crown this year’s Autocar Readers’ Champion.

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Security issues come to light

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Security issues come to light

Car management apps can stay linked to owners’ phones even after the vehicle is sold to someone else, a computer security researcher has warned

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Uber looks to the skies

Thursday, 09 February 2017

Uber looks to the skies

A former Nasa engineer has been hired by taxi-hailing firm Uber to help its research into flying cars.

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Motor insurance premiums take a hike

Friday, 03 February 2017

Motor insurance premiums take a hike

Motor insurance premiums hit their highest recorded levels last quarter and rose more than five times the rate of inflation in 2016

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Euro NCAP marks 20th anniversary

Thursday, 02 February 2017

Euro NCAP marks 20th anniversary

More than 78,000 lives have been saved since Euro NCAP’s tough crash safety tests were launched 20 years ago

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Driver jailed after telematics evidence

Friday, 27 January 2017

Driver jailed after telematics evidence

A speeding driver, Farid Reza, who killed a 21-year-old woman in Kingston, south west London, has been found guilty of Causing Death by Dangerous Driving and Serious Injury at the Old Bailey where telematics data provided vital evidence

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Ford device to boost connectivity

Friday, 27 January 2017

Ford device to boost connectivity

Ford Motor Co said it would sell a plug-in device to enable features like remote start, security alerts, a Wifi hotspot and vehicle location assistance on 2010-2016 model year Ford and Lincoln cars.

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VW introduces climate windscreen

Thursday, 26 January 2017

VW introduces climate windscreen

Volkswagen's climate windscreen heats up without the use of any filament wires, thus providing perfect visibility.

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Volvos throw Mustang serious shade

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Volvos throw Mustang serious shade

Today, Euro NCAP released safety ratings for three cars: the Volvo S90 saloon and the V90 estate both achieve the maximum of five stars, while Ford’s Mustang scores two.

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Ford targets competitor vehicles

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Ford targets competitor vehicles

Ford Motor Co, in a bid for a piece of the rapidly growing global auto parts market, is launching a new brand called Omnicraft to sell parts to Ford dealers and independent repair shops to fix competitors' vehicles.

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Illegal tyres still on the road

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Illegal tyres still on the road

TyreSafe is urging Britain’s motorists to be extremely vigilant if considering used and not new tyres.

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Paris hopes colour-code will beat smog

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Paris hopes colour-code will beat smog

Paris launched a new colour-coded sticker scheme to restrict car use in its latest attempt to reduce air pollution many citizens blame for coughing fits, eye irritation and runny noses.

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VW EVs will debut 5G

Monday, 23 January 2017

VW EVs will debut 5G

Volkswagen plans to equip its family of I.D. electric cars with next-generation 5G mobile connectivity and cellular vehicle-to-everything communication standards

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MOT proposal sees one year added

Monday, 23 January 2017

MOT proposal sees one year added

The time new cars are allowed on Britain's roads before requiring an MOT could rise from three to four years, under government proposals.

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Tesla avoids recall after Autopilot crash death

Friday, 20 January 2017

Tesla avoids recall after Autopilot crash death

Tesla will not be ordered to recall its semi-autonomous cars in the US, following a fatal crash in May 2016.

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Singapore’s first-ever hypercar

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Singapore’s first-ever hypercar

A fully electric revolution is heading to this year’s Geneva Motor Show in the shape of the Dendrobium, Singapore’s first-ever hypercar.

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Nissan announces autonomous testing in Europe

Friday, 13 January 2017

Nissan announces autonomous testing in Europe

Nissan will bring real-world demonstrations of autonomous driving cars to Britain next month.

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UK asks for Fiat probe details

Friday, 13 January 2017

UK asks for Fiat probe details

BBC reports that the UK Department for Transport has asked for details of a US probe into Fiat Chrysler diesel emissions software as a matter of urgency.

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New uninsured driver’s agreement

Friday, 13 January 2017

New uninsured driver’s agreement

From 1 March 2017 MIB will be required to pay a claim for the damage to an uninsured driver’s car when it has been caused by another uninsured or a ‘hit and run’ driver.

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Car insurance costs continue to accelerate

Friday, 13 January 2017

Car insurance costs continue to accelerate

The cost of motoring continues to rise as the Confused.com car insurance price index Q4 2016 reveals a year-on-year price increase of 14%

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New VED rules hit motorists hard

Friday, 13 January 2017

New VED rules hit motorists hard

The majority of new car buyers will lose out when new road tax rules come into force on 1 April, according to latest research from HonestJohn.co.uk.

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‘Hit and runs’ increase for second time

Thursday, 12 January 2017

‘Hit and runs’ increase for second time

This is the second year in succession showing an increase in 'hit and run' accidents, reversing the trend seen over the past decade.

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Sentence announced for false claim

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Sentence announced for false claim

On Wednesday 4 January 2017 a man was sentenced at London Inner Crown Court for one count of fraud by false representation and one count of failing to disclose information

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VW confirms U.S. settlement

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

VW confirms U.S. settlement

Reuters and Bloomberg report that Volkswagen Group has negotiated a $4.3bn concrete draft settlement with U.S. regulators to resolve its diesel emissions issues.

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Attack of the clones

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Attack of the clones

Rogue engine tuners who use cloned tools in an attempt to boost a car’s performance are wrecking thousands of engine ECUs a year with repair and replacement costs setting owners back up to £2,000 each.

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BMW wants YOU

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

BMW wants YOU

Young people with a passion for the automotive industry are being encouraged to apply for a place on BMW Group’s apprenticeship programme in the UK.

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IMI invests in MOT IT system

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

IMI invests in MOT IT system

The IMI, the motor industry’s awarding body, has invested in a significant IT upgrade to service the huge surge in demand from MOT testers for DVSA assessment and training.

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Uber’s data could ease congestion

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Uber’s data could ease congestion

Uber is launching a website outlining how its cars move around cities, in an effort to appease city authorities who have long called for more data sharing

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VW heads to UK court

Monday, 09 January 2017

VW heads to UK court

Reuters reports that a British law firm has launched legal action against Volkswagen

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Microbus gets powered up

Monday, 09 January 2017

Microbus gets powered up

Bloomberg reports that Volkswagen AG laid out a new design for a revived, battery-powered version of its iconic hippie-era Microbus

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Head-Up Display ups its game

Friday, 06 January 2017

Head-Up Display ups its game

Panasonic is delighted to reveal its next-generation vehicle display system – technology that allows drivers to keep their eyes on the road and stay informed like never before.

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Toyota reluctant to relinquish control

Thursday, 05 January 2017

Toyota reluctant to relinquish control

Toyota Motor Corp. plans to spend years designing cars in which humans retain a large measure of control

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BMW buyers can virtually view new cars

Thursday, 05 January 2017

BMW buyers can virtually view new cars

BMW i is the first automotive brand in the world to offer customers an interactive, 3-D augmented reality experience of their products

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Women fear gender rip-off

Thursday, 05 January 2017

Women fear gender rip-off

Almost a third of female motorists (29%) feel that a garage has overcharged them for work done to their car purely because they are a woman

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Sweden ends Volvo love affair

Tuesday, 03 January 2017

Sweden ends Volvo love affair

BBC Reports that Sweden's best-selling car in 2016 was not a Volvo - the first year that has happened in more than half a century.

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Jaguar, Land Rover run rollaway risk

Tuesday, 03 January 2017

Jaguar, Land Rover run rollaway risk

Bloomberg reports that some Land Rover SUVs and Jaguar XF sedans are being evaluated following reports of consumer injuries after the vehicles rolled away while parked

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U.S. probes one million Fiat Chrysler vehicles

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

U.S. probes one million Fiat Chrysler vehicles

U.S. vehicle safety officials said on Tuesday they have launched an investigation into about a million Fiat Chrysler Ram pickup trucks and SUVs

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Scam operatives handed prison terms

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Scam operatives handed prison terms

An operation to convict network of 19 criminals – including a company boss – which induced car collisions to generate £1.1m in fake personal injury claims was concluded on 15 December at Harrow Crown Court, where five men were given jail terms

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Faulty brake pads go global

Monday, 19 December 2016

Faulty brake pads go global

Some imported brake pads destined for vehicles sold by global automakers, including Volkswagen AG and Toyota Motor were found to be faulty.

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VW pays $200m to reduce pollution

Monday, 19 December 2016

VW pays $200m to reduce pollution

Volkswagen AG has agreed to pay more than $200m into a fund created to cut diesel pollution

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Uber told to stop self-driving in California

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Uber told to stop self-driving in California

Uber has been told to stop offering passengers self-driving cars in San Francisco

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Euro NCAP sums up 2016

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Euro NCAP sums up 2016

In 2016, Euro NCAP tested 18 new passenger cars and four heavy quadricycles and today announces some of the year’s highlights.

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GM delivers long distance bolt

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

GM delivers long distance bolt

General Motors Co on Tuesday said it delivered its first Chevrolet Bolt electric cars to three customers in Fremont, California

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Thatcham announces 2017’s safest cars

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Thatcham announces 2017’s safest cars

Thatcham Research announces the safest new cars of 2017, and long list of finalists for the What Car? Safety Award

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£2.5m donated to engineering

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

£2.5m donated to engineering

Inventor Dr John C Taylor OBE has donated £2.5m to Cambridge University to set up the Professorship of Innovation, a prestigious new chair at the world-leading Department of Engineering.

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Doctors call for ban on diesel vehicles

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Doctors call for ban on diesel vehicles

A group of doctors are leading a campaign for London to follow in the footsteps of other European capitals and ban diesel vehicles.

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Splice project to put a (polymer) spring into vehicle fuel effici

Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Splice project to put a (polymer) spring into vehicle fuel effici

Researchers at WMG at the University of Warwick have won research funding worth £250,000 from Innovate UK for a project that will put a (polymer) spring into vehicle fuel efficiency.

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Mystery device leaves motorists stranded

Friday, 09 December 2016

Mystery device leaves motorists stranded

Motorists owning cars with push-button ignitions could be powerless to prevent thieves stealing their vehicles.

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Electric cars could get supercharge option

Thursday, 08 December 2016

Electric cars could get supercharge option

A new way of charging electric cars could help reduce the time it takes to minutes rather than hours.

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Doctor ordered to pay legal costs

Wednesday, 07 December 2016

Doctor ordered to pay legal costs

A doctor who it is claimed exaggerated medical evidence in a large number of road traffic accident (RTA) whiplash cases is to pay an estimated costs bill of £100,000 to insurer, Ageas and its solicitors, BLM.

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‘Irresponsible lending’ costs BMW $57m

Wednesday, 07 December 2016

‘Irresponsible lending’ costs BMW $57m

Australia's corporate regulator said on Tuesday that German carmaker BMW has to pay A$77m ($57m) to compensate customers who received loans they could not afford

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Calling young engineers

Tuesday, 06 December 2016

Calling young engineers

SAIC Motor searches for rising stars with internship programme for 2017

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Breakthrough in new material

Tuesday, 06 December 2016

Breakthrough in new material

Metalysis Ltd’s research and development function has successfully produced Graphene using the company’s process.

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Ford recalls over seatbelt issue

Monday, 05 December 2016

Ford recalls over seatbelt issue

Ford Motor Co said on Friday it will recall about 680,000 of its Ford Fusion and Lincoln MKZ sedans to fix a seat belt issue.

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Apple states interest in self-driving car race

Monday, 05 December 2016

Apple states interest in self-driving car race

Automotive News Europe reports that Apple Inc. is wading in to the debate over regulation of self-driving cars

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NICE unveils air quality improvement guidelines

Friday, 02 December 2016

NICE unveils air quality improvement guidelines

New draft guidance released by NICE bids to tackle the nationwide problem of air pollution

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More five star safety ratings announced

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

More five star safety ratings announced

Today Euro NCAP publishes its last round of safety ratings for 2016.

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UK pays top IPT

Friday, 25 November 2016

UK pays top IPT

The standard rate of Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) in the UK is now the 6th highest in Europe

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Volvo XC90 T8 wins green award

Friday, 25 November 2016

Volvo XC90 T8 wins green award

The Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine Inscription has been voted Green Car of the Year at the 2016 Professional Driver Car of the Year Awards.

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Ford unveils ‘weather factory’

Friday, 25 November 2016

Ford unveils ‘weather factory’

Ford’s new ‘Weather Factor’ will enable engineers to test forthcoming vehicles in the most demanding conditions from around the world.

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The eyes have it

Friday, 25 November 2016

The eyes have it

Road safety and breakdown organisation GEM Motoring Assist is calling on drivers of all ages to book an eye test as soon as possible.

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‘Ghost broker’ ordered to pay back £17k

Thursday, 24 November 2016

‘Ghost broker’ ordered to pay back £17k

A 33-year-old courier from Epsom has been sentenced after he admitted to setting up over 100 fraudulent car insurance policies

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UK government allocates AV and EV funding

Thursday, 24 November 2016

UK government allocates AV and EV funding

UK finance minister Philip Hammond has announced £390m of funding to boost the development of electric and autonomous vehicles.

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Insurers make call for international data standards

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Insurers make call for international data standards

Cars of the future will need to collect a basic set of core data to prevent drivers being unfairly blamed if technology goes wrong.

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Government must make electric cars affordable for all

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Government must make electric cars affordable for all

The IMI says the Government will need to spend a proportion of the £600m it has set aside to promote the uptake of low emission vehicles, on the technical skills infrastructure across the whole UK

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Roads to become safer for motorcyclists

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Roads to become safer for motorcyclists

Highways England is to become the third partner in a landmark collaboration to improve motorcycle rider safety

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Takata closer to securing buyer

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

Takata closer to securing buyer

Takata Corp. has narrowed a list of bidders to Autoliv and Key Safety Systems for a final round of negotiations

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IAM Roadsmart advocates more road tolerance

Monday, 21 November 2016

IAM Roadsmart advocates more road tolerance

With Road Safety Week starting today, IAM RoadSmart says it’s time to ditch the stereotypes of ‘who is the better driver’ … men or women, young or old

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Government urged to freeze IPT

Monday, 21 November 2016

Government urged to freeze IPT

The ABI is urging the Government to freeze the rate of Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) to help keep household bills as low as possible.

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Parking spaces cause prangs

Monday, 21 November 2016

Parking spaces cause prangs

Britain’s car parking spaces are too small to cope with consumers’ love affair with big family SUVs.

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