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Blue Bidco to buy Esure

Esure has been given a takeover offer from Blue Bidco, appraising the insurer at £1.2bn, according to Insuranceage. Independent directors of Esure and Bidco’s board have reached an agreement on the terms of a recommended cash offer, which values Esure at 280p per share. The news was made public after Esure announced a 12% rise in gross written premiums to […]

Keyless technology blamed for theft rise

Car theft is on the increase in the UK and Wales, rising 15% from 2016 to 2018, and 40% in the last five years. Police have blamed keyless car technology as a key contributor to this increase. Mike Hawes, chief executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, said, ‘Manufacturers are investing billions in ever-more sophisticated security features and […]

Allianz and IVR training course

Allianz Partners’ new electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid training course, launched in partnership with the Institute of Vehicle Recovery (IVR), has been met with an overwhelming response from industry professionals. The free courses were quickly oversubscribed, highlighting the demand for training in EV technology within the independent recovery market. The first training days were completed over six days, in six […]

Amazon insurance on the cards?

More than £80m was wiped off the value of Moneysupermarket yesterday when it emerged that Amazon could be about to enter the UK insurance market. It has been reported that Amazon has met major European providers about the potential for listing their financial services on a new price comparison website. Russ Mould, investment director at AJ Bell, said: ‘Business bosses […]

Failed MOTs not being repaired

New data shows that less than half of vehicles flagged as needing urgently required work during services were actually repaired in June 2018, with 40% of motorists who had MOT-failing ‘red work’, leaving dealerships with no repairs made. The data compiled by electronic vehicle health check provider autoVHC, shows how many unsafe cars are currently operating on Britain’s roads. Those […]

Self-driving fleet goes live

A fleet of self-driving vans has gone into service in Texas, USA, in the world’s first full-scale fleet trial of fully autonomous technology. The vans, based on the Nissan e-NV200 electric vehicle, are operated by technology company Drive.ai and include information boards on the vehicles that explain to other road users what they are doing – for example, that it […]

Opp-Charge fleet launches in Yorkshire

The UK’s first fleet of buses to use Opportunity Charging, or Opp-Charge, technology is going into service in the North Yorkshire town of Harrogate this weekend. The Harrogate Bus Company, a subsidiary of operator Transdev, revealed its fleet of eight Volvo 7900e electric buses last week in a ceremony attended by the Buses Minister, Nusrat Ghani MP, and local MP […]

AI simulation for autonomous testing

Ordnance Survey (OS) is one of 11 partners in OmniCAV, a £3.9m project to develop a world-first artificial intelligence-based simulation model for testing autonomous car safety. The simulation environment will feature a 32km circuit of Oxfordshire roads, covering rural, urban, main roads and intersections. The simulation will be used to create and run different scenarios for the safe testing of […]

Calls for tighter exhaust regulations

Euro Car Parts is calling for tighter regulation around sales of exhaust systems as the Department for Transport (DfT) looks to reduce the number of non-compliant products being sold and fitted in the UK market. While the motor factor has welcomed the DfT’s recent announcement reiterating strict requirements for selling catalytic converters and Diesel Particulate Filters (DPFs) into the UK, […]

AEB could stop 2,500 accidents

Fitting autonomous emergency braking systems as standard on all commercial vehicles in the UK has the potential to stop almost 2,500 crashes per year. Analysis of Department for Transport van accident statistics reveals 2,496 incidents involving vans weighing up to 3.5 tonnes could have been avoided if autonomous emergency braking systems had been fitted – preventing 348 deaths and serious […]

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