Thatcham Research is offering 12 guidelines designed to minimise bumps in the road on the journey towards fully Automated Driving. Developed with the ABI, the guidelines come as Thatcham Research works with International Regulators on new rules allowing Automated Driving Systems onto Motorways.
The transition from Assisted to Automated Driving, where sensors and systems play an increasing role in evolving what we think of today as the act of driving, is an area of potential risk Thatcham Research has highlighted previously.
With the continuous development of autonomous driving technology, the concept of the vehicle is changing. Where cars were once simply a means of transportation, they will ultimately become personal living spaces, customised to meet the customer’s needs and individualised to fulfil our desires.
Though still in its early stages, self-driving technology is becoming increasingly common, and could radically transform the way we get from A to B. Autonomous driving will transform the look and feel of our vehicles and make journey far more convenient.
Vauxhall’s Combo Cargo was named Small Van of the Year at last night’s 2019 Commercial Fleet Awards, fending off strong competition in its category. Scooping up yet another award win, the popular model continues to attract widespread praise across the industry.
The Commercial Fleet Awards recognise and celebrate the contributions of outstanding individuals, companies and manufacturers within the commercial fleet Industry. The Combo Cargo was acclaimed by a carefully-selected judging panel, comprising members of commercial fleet’s editorial team, in addition to fleet managers and representatives of the industry’s most important business. Vauxhall was also a finalist in the Van Manufacturer of the Year category.
Nissan is today marking the start of production of the new Juke at its Sunderland plant, following a £100 million investment.
Designed, engineered and manufactured in the UK, the new Juke has been developed specifically for European markets, with Sunderland the only production location for this second-generation compact crossover.
Its launch comes almost 10 years after the original Juke’s daring styling broke the mold in the B-segment, and Nissan has raised the bar again, bringing new levels of technology and connectivity to the compact crossover category.
Developed by Nissan’s European design and R&D teams in Paddington, London, and Cranfield, Bedfordshire, 70% of Juke production will be for the EU markets, with two thirds of its suppliers based in the EU.
The North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) has added 12 new Kodiaqs to its emergency service fleet. The SUVs will be in use 24/7 by its clinical care management team, who are responsible for more than 2.71 million people across the region.
The clinical care team’s role is to co-ordinate with operational commanders to deliver an effective, immediate response when arriving at a major incident.
Complacency about the dangers of ‘silent’ electric vehicles already on UK roads will cost lives, road safety charity RoadPeace has warned.
Chief Executive Nick Simmons is urging owners of all existing electric and hybrid vehicles – especially delivery fleets – to seriously consider fitting safety equipment.
From last month (September 2019) all new models of EVs must have Acoustic Vehicle Alerting Systems (AVAS) and by September 2021 so will all new electric and hybrid vehicles.
Peugeot has extended the range of all-new Partner, hailed as International Van of the Year 2019, to include a Crew Van model, based on the Long Professional version. The all-new Partner Crew Van will add a second row of three seats, cleverly integrated with a sliding and folding mesh bulkhead to offer a vehicle that has a flexible space for up to five people or additional load capacity.
The all-new Partner Crew Van offers a conventional van load area with the rear seats folded down providing a load space of up to 3.5m3 and a maximum load floor length of 2,000mm. This can be extended further to 3,050mm by folding the front passenger seat down to form an extension of the load floor and using the through-loading hatch in the mesh bulkhead for longer items. This increases the overall loadspace size to 4.0m3.
The UK new light commercial vehicle (LCV) market declined -23.5% in September, according to the latest figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). 41,216 LCVs were registered in the month, down some 12,632 units on September 2018, as regulatory changes, coupled with economic and political uncertainty, impacted the market.
On Monday 30 September 2019 environmental services provider, Urbaser Ltd, became responsible for Waltham Forest’s refuse and recycling collections, following the award of a new eight-year contract earlier this year for the provision of neighbourhood services by Waltham Forest Council.
Urbaser has been working with the borough since 2013 carrying out street cleansing and grounds maintenance services. The company was awarded the new contract due to the high quality and competitive cost of their bid, which means the regular and reliable waste collections residents expect will be safeguarded for the eight-year period the contract covers.
Pictured: Jarlath Griffin, Director of Neighbourhoods at Waltham Forest Council; Javier Peiro, Urbaser; Martin Esom, Chief Executive at Waltham Forest Council; Michele Moloney, Strategic Director at Waltham Forest Council; Councillor Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader of Waltham Forest Council; Jose Ramon Sanchez, Urbaser; Chris Minnis, Urbaser, standing in front of a digital screen to be installed on some of the new vehicles, to convey recycling and important council messages to the public.
Richard Gladman, IAM RoadSmart’s head of riding and driving standards, explains the POWDERY checks you should do on your car or bike before setting out on your journey.
If you have friends or family who drive or ride, please share these tips with them to help them stay safe on the road.
Citroën UK has added Euro 6.2-compliant powertrains to its Relay ‘Ready to Run’ conversions range, as well as to its Relay Chassis Cab, Chassis Crew Cab, Floor Cab and Back to Back offering. A new 2.2-litre diesel engine (Euro 6.2) is also be available from September 2019 production, along with new driver assistance, safety and equipment options, providing added peace of mind.
Following the launch of the latest Euro 6.2-compliant Citroën Relay panel van range in the summer, the Relay range is now fully updated with the addition of the Euro 6.2 Relay ‘Ready to Run’ conversions range. The latest Relay ‘Ready to Run’ line-up is joined by Euro 6.2 Relay Chassis Cab, Chassis Crew Cab, Floor Cab and Back to Back models, ensuring that Citroën continues to offer a complete range of efficient and bespoke models for all our customers.
Nissan and EDF Group have signed a cooperation agreement to accelerate the delivery of electric mobility together – particularly through the smart charging of electric vehicles. This agreement applies to the United Kingdom, France, Belgium and Italy.
The cooperation agreement focuses mainly on developing smart charging solutions (vehicle to grid, or V2G) by bringing together technologies developed and mastered by both companies. Smart charging refers to technologies that optimise the charging or discharging of an electric vehicle in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
As part of the cooperation agreement, Nissan is responsible for the sale of V2G compatible electric vehicles, and EDF Group in charge of V2G charging solutions and related services.
The all-electric Renault ZOE will be helping to save lives and some of the UK’s most beautiful scenery after the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service (SFRS) ordered 45 to be used throughout Scotland in the support of its frontline operations.
SFRS, the world’s fourth largest fire and rescue service, will use the zero-emissions-in-use Renault ZOEs as general pool vehicles, with each covering at least 10,000 miles a year. They will be used by uniformed staff, office employees and management to interact with the public in non-emergency situations, which span free home safety visits to community events, and will be spread across the whole of Scotland, including all major cities and as far as Orkney and the Shetland Islands.
A fleet of shiny new tipper trucks will be transporting sludge cake to farmers around the region, courtesy of United Utilities.
The North West water firm has bought 12 new tipper trucks from its fleet partner, Volvo, and hired 15 new drivers to help it distribute the sludge cake that’s created at its wastewater treatment works and used as fertilizer on agricultural land.
The water firm believes that bringing this activity in-house will save it around £1 million a year.
The new trucks will be taking sludge cake from four major treatment works - Davyhulme in Manchester, Stockport, Leigh and Shell Green in Widnes.
Martin Shaw, United Utilities’ logistics manager for bioresources services, explained: “Bringing the biosolids transportation service in-house will ensure we have full responsibility, control and visibility of the recycling and disposal of our biosolids.
“The vehicles will be running enhanced treated sludge cake from Davyhulme to the Derbyshire area initially then to other areas across the North West and Midlands.”
After waste goes down the toilet, it ends up at one of United Utilities’ 569 wastewater treatment works. From here the sludge is taken to one of the company’s 37 bioresource treatment centres. The treated material, called biosolids, is provided to local farmers for use as a high quality fertilizer.
TomTom Telematics has officially added a new feature to their WEBFLEET fleet management solution. Asset Tracking gives companies visibility over the position and usage of their powered assets, such as trailers, generators and other equipment.
From a single interface, the position of both vehicles and assets are displayed on a clear map view. Users can choose to be alerted when an asset is being used, when it leaves a designated area or when any motion is detected. This helps reduce both the risk of theft and the likelihood of improper usage. Notifications can also be setup to alert the user when maintenance is required, which helps to preserve the value of the asset.
Time to act on fleet electrification – here’s how By David Bushnell, Principal Consultant, Alphabet GB
As anyone who works in or around fleet and mobility knows, we are now firmly on the Road to Zero in the UK, with increasing pressure from within and outside of our organisations to enable more electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) into fleets. Meanwhile, other demands on modern fleets – the need to optimise fleet performance, find efficiencies, manage duty of care obligations, as well as complying with changing local and national regulations or legislation – are ultimately in addition to the overriding business objective of continuing to deliver effective, sustainable operational performance.
DataVoyant™ analysis indicates that internal combustion engines (ICE) are set to dominate vehicle fleets for the foreseeable future.
Battery technologies, fuel cells, and autonomous vehicles (AVs) are set to bring unprecedented change in the mobility industry. Today, for the first time, AMPLYFI unveils a body of AI-powered research that maps out the likely timescales that could guide corporate R&D strategies for decades to come.
Business intelligence firm AMPLYFI has utilised its flagship product DataVoyant™ to harvest and analyse around 80,000 documents held across the surface and deep web to identify the key trends relating to the automotive and mobility industries, and plot out expected inflection points in the delivery of technologies that are dominating the media agenda today.
Showcasing its suite of products and world-leading AI-powered capabilities at the Frankfurt Motor Show (12th to 22nd September 2019) for the first time this year, AMPLYFI will be available alongside a number of leading UK tech and mobility companies at the Department for International Trade (DIT) pavilion.
National trade body the British Compressed Gases Association (BCGA) has produced a new video, looking behind the scenes at a new generation of buses powered by compressed biogas.
Nottingham City Transport (NCT) is operating the world’s largest number of double decker buses powered by the gas, setting a blueprint for a green, cost-effective and high-performance fleet in the city.
With an individual driving range of up to 250 miles, the buses are delivering a range of economic and environmental benefits, including significant from exhaust emissions, with greatly reduced particulates and Nitrogen Oxides (NOx) and savings in refueling in comparison to conventional fuels.
NCT first introduced 53 biogas buses in 2017, supported by the first round of funding from the Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV).
Vauxhall has announced a new range of BiTurbo engines for the Movano, all offering higher power, more torque and greater efficiency than ever before.
Thanks to low fuel consumption and long service intervals, the new BiTurbo engines greatly reduce the cost of ownership for businesses and fleet operators. Service internals have been extended to 40,000 kilometres or two years, while moderately priced spare parts and materials further reduce operating costs.
The new engine portfolio consists exclusively of BiTurbo diesel power units. The 2.3-litre power units range from 131 PS to 180 PS and all comply with the strict Euro 6d-TEMP (light duty) or Euro V-Id (heavy duty) emissions standards. Compared with the previous generation, the engines boast five to 10 more PS and 20 to 40 Nm higher torque. The top-of-the-line 180 PS BiTurbo develops maximum torque of 400 Nm.
In addition to front-wheel drive, Vauxhall customers can select a rear-wheel drive configuration, improving the performance of the Movano for heavy duty applications. Both configurations include six-speed manual transmission and will, in future, also benefit from automated manual transmissions. Certain versions of the Movano are optionally available with all-wheel drive.
Rear-wheel drive versions of the Movano can be ordered with an optional limited-slip differential, providing additional traction on slippery surfaces such as at building sites. If one wheel starts to spin on a slippery surface, the torque is diverted to the wheel with more grip.