Kia Stinger Surrey County Cricket

Howzat! Surrey County cricketers catch bright yellow Kia Stingers

Kia Stinger Surrey County Cricket

The two captains of Surrey County Cricket Club’s men’s teams will be arriving in Sunset Yellow Kia Stinger GT-Line models for the remainder of the season.

Rory Burns, captain of the County Championship and One-Day Cup sides, and Jade Dernbach, captain of the T20 team, will be standing out in the 2.0 T-GDi GT-Line version of Kia’s flagship model, and not the Audi-baiting twin-turbocharged GT-S model.

The pair figured that the lower-powered version would make more sense on the congested roads around the Kia Oval, especially as the GT-Line is still able to cut a dash in any car park, especially in Sunset Yellow, which happens to be the only no-cost colour option.

David Hilbert, marketing director at Kia Motors (UK) Limited, said: “These two guys are doing a great job leading the Surrey Men’s team this season and we are delighted they are going to be turning heads on the road and on the pitch now they are driving Stinger.”

The Stinger range starts at £32,025, with even the entry-level GT-Line boasting 18-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, memory driver’s seat, heated seats, an eight-inch display, front and rear parking sensors, head-up display, smart cruise control and a limited slip differential.

The GT-Line S adds LED headlights, electric tailgate, 15-speaker Harman/Kardon sound system, sunroof, wireless phone charger and 360º around view monitor. The flagship GT-S boasts Brembo brakes, Nappa leather and electronic controlled suspension.

The cricket captains will have to live without the sublime 370hp 3.3-litre V6 engine found in the GT-S, but the 2.0 T-GDi offers far more than a medium-pace delivery, with a 0-62mph time of 5.8sec, just 1.1sec slower than the V6 version.

Surrey County Cricket Club runs a fleet of Kia vehicles, with the Oval car park featuring the likes of Sportage, Optima Sportswagon and Sorento models.

Hyundai Kona Electric

Car buyers reveal what they want in 2018

Hyundai Kona Electric

The price must be right when buying a car, according to research conducted by Hyundai to coincide with the launch of the Kona Electric.

In truth, the survey of 2,000 British car buyers didn’t reveal anything out of the ordinary, with reliability, the type of fuel, economy and cost of ownership named as other high-ranking factors associated with buying a car in 2018.

It just goes to prove that we remain driven by common sense and rationality, rather than emotional attraction and aesthetics. Indeed, while the car’s colour is seen as the 17th most important factor, the styling is absent from the top 25 list of priorities.

A spokesperson for Hyundai said: “As the research shows, British motorists know what they want from a car – and understandably they want more bang for their buck.

“There’s so much to take into account when shopping for a new car but as the research suggests we are pretty decisive and know what we want. Of course, everyone is different with very specific requirements but the findings provide an overall indication of what is important to us.

“And the cost of running the vehicle – whether it be the fuel type, road tax cost or reliability are clearly significant – however the findings also suggest that the driving experience itself is a major factor, too.”

Hyundai’s research suggests that 60 percent of buyers will take someone with them when shopping for cars, with 25 percent of those who do taking their dad. Just under 40 percent of drivers have purchased a car only to regret it later on, which suggests that doing a little homework will pay dividends in the long run.

What do British car buyers really want?

  1. Price
  2. Reliability
  3. Type of fuel (petrol, diesel, electric, hybrid, etc)
  4. Make of car
  5. Economy
  6. Model of car
  7. Cost of ownership (insurance, servicing, etc)
  8. Number of doors
  9. Comfort
  10. Size of car (big enough for family and pets, etc)
  11. Engine size
  12. Vehicle excise duty (VED)
  13. Transmission (manual or automatic)
  14. Number of seats
  15. Size of boot
  16. Size of car (small enough to manoeuvre and park)
  17. Colour of exterior
  18. Engine power/speed
  19. Handling
  20. Length of warranty
  21. Electric windows
  22. Safety (NCAP, safety equipment, etc)
  23. Visibility through rear window
  24. CO2 emissions
  25. How far away the dealership is
Mercedes G65

Mercedes-Benz recalls G-Class because it goes too fast in reverse

Mercedes G65Recalls with cars have become so commonplace in the automotive industry, they’re not often newsworthy anymore. However, the latest, involving a mere 20 Mercedes AMG G65 V12s in North America, could be one of the weirdest yet.

Such is the rate at which brands develop and manufacture cars en masse, and the amount of co-operating parts suppliers, that things sometimes slip through the cracks. Sometimes they can be serious. Sometimes they can be headline-grabbing. Sometimes – Takata airbags, anyone? – they can involve millions of cars and take years to resolve.

Mercedes G65

The Mercedes G-Class, however, is afflicted with something a little more specific and, well, odd. Excessive reverse speeds are achievable, as the cars aren’t furnished with software to limit them. 

Result? There is a risk of the cars rolling over when quickly going backwards and then suddenly changing direction. (Dare we suggest, it’s a bit like the original A-Class incident, in reverse?)

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is thus urging owners to take their cars into dealers for a free software upgrade.

We wonder how many owners may take part in a little reversing race before they do so…

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Mercedes F1 in Gran Turismo

You can now drive Lewis Hamilton’s 2017 F1 car in Gran Turismo Sport

Mercedes F1 in Gran Turismo

What could be the ultimate addition to the ultimate driving simulator? What is arguably one of the ultimate racing cars of the moment would be a good start: Lewis Hamilton’s 2017 championship-winning F1 car, the Mercedes AMG F1 W08 EQ Power+.

Well, you can now channel your inner F1 World Champion courtesy of the July update to Gran Turismo Sport – which also includes screaming rotary-powered Mazda 787B and the singing V12 Ferrari 250 GTO.

The W08 with Hamilton at the wheel won 11 of the 20 Grands Prix in 2017, helping Lewis add his fourth title to his record. The 787B, however, was made famous by a single race in 1991 – the Le Mans 24 hours – marking the first ever win of the world-famous enduro by a Japanese marque. It was only joined when Toyota took their maiden win at La Sarthe earlier this year.

Other quirky additions, the likes of which the franchise has been regularly celebrated in the past, are the Ford GT LM Spec II Test Car, the 2015 Honda S660, the 1991 Honda Beat and the 2002 Daihatsu Copen Active Top. All of these can now be enjoyed on a brand new scenic race track, the Circuit de Sainte-Croix.

An addition we suspect will be less popular in a community on edge about micro-transactions is the ability to buy cars under 2,000,000 credits in the PlayStation Store for real money.

But in all, it’s a worthy update to what is shaping up to be the best instalment of the franchise since Gran Turismo 4 of 2004.

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Most aerodynamic cars on sale in 2018

The most aerodynamic new cars you can buy in 2018

Most aerodynamic cars on sale in 2018

Cars are getting ever-more aerodynamic. The magic figure is a car’s Cd, or drag coefficient. The lower this is, the slipperier through the air it will be.

The less a body ‘drags’ through the air, the less energy it needs to keep it moving. With long-range electric cars on the horizon, and manufacturers under ever-greater pressure to cut the consumption of today’s cars, aerodynamics have never been more important.

With this in mind, let us show you which are the most aerodynamically efficient new cars on sale right now. These are, literally, the best motoring wind-cheaters you can buy today.

New 2019 A-Class Saloon takes the crown for most aerodynamic car

Details of the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class saloon have been announced, and the German company can be proud of taking the record for the most aerodynamic production car on sale.

A drag coefficient figure of 0.22 Cd, combined with a compact frontal area of 2.19 metre-squared, sends it straight to the top of the pile, and has been achieved thanks to detailed work in the wind tunnel. From an enclosed underbody to avoid disrupting the airflow, to ensuring the headlights seal flush with the bodywork, the efforts of the engineers has been huge.

Set to go into production at the end of 2018, the four-door A-Class will be built at the Aguascalientes factory in Mexico. However, if that is just too long to wait, we have listed the other 21 most aerodynamic cars you can buy right now.

2013 Mercedes-Benz CLA BlueEfficiency – 0.22 Cd

Much like how Mercedes-Benz keeps winning the Formula One World Championship, the Stuttgart brand only had itself to beat for the prize. The CLA four door ‘coupe’ set the previous record for the most aerodynamic car on sale back in 2013.

That the new A-Class Saloon looks rather similar to the CLA is perhaps no coincidence, with Mercedes combining evolutionary styling with aero knowledge. The BlueEfficiency model featured design elements such as a specially designed exhaust silencer and rear spoiler.

2017 BMW 5 Series EfficientDynamics Edition – 0.22 Cd

In common with many of the cars featured on this list, those which top the charts for aero efficiency are often special models built for lowered CO2 emissions. The pursuit of greater fuel economy and carbon output has forced manufacturers to spend even longer in the wind tunnel.

Developments like active shutters for the trademark kidney grille, and aerodynamically enhanced alloy wheel designs, are some of the tools used by BMW to reduce drag on the latest 5 Series saloon.

So, despite a Cd of 0.22, why do the two Mercedes beat it? Because it’s a bigger car with a larger frontal area. In use, the two Mercs will marginally be that bit more slippery. When cars are this aerodynamically efficient, every fraction counts…

2017 Tesla Model 3 – 0.23 Cd

Not having a conventional combustion engine to cool and feed oxygen to gives car aerodynamicists far greater freedom when it comes to design. No more gaping grilles means smoother airflow, which is important when you need to extract every last mile from your battery.

As the smallest Tesla, the Model 3 has all the aero technology from its bigger brothers, but in a condensed package.  We can only speculate that the large panel gaps seen on some finished production Model 3s are intended to let the air flow more efficiently…

2018 Audi A4 2.0 TDI Ultra – 0.23 Cd

Another German car, another one aimed at the fleet market to ensure the lowest possible amount of CO2 emissions. Audi’s ‘Ultra’ range was developed from the all-conquering Le Mans prototype racers, where aerodynamics are rather important.

Whilst the 150hp 2.0-litre diesel Ultra model achieves an impressive 0.23 Cd, its petrol-powered TFSI brethren can only manage 0.27 instead. Who says that diesel is done for?

2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Saloon – 0.23 Cd

Mercedes-Benz has a wind tunnel and they’re clearly not afraid to use it when it comes to refining their range of saloon cars. In fact, it was the E-Class from 1984 which marked the start of Stuttgart’s obsession with reducing drag.

That car from over three decades ago managed a Cd figure of 0.27, thanks to a tapered rear end and a discreet boot spoiler. Despite the latest E-Class being notably larger, advances in aero design mean it surpasses its predecessor with an impressive 0.23 figure.

2016 Tesla Model S – 0.24 Cd

Much of the design language used on the smaller Tesla Model 3 was inherited from the larger Model S. As such, that the older, bigger, car is aero efficient should come as no surprise.

Work was put into ensuring air flowed smoothly around the front wheels, given that this area has massive implications on drag. Testing by independent magazines and websites has also confirmed that Tesla’s 0.24 Cd figure is accurate.

2016 Toyota Prius – 0.24 Cd

The teardrop shape on the latest Prius is nothing new, but the fourth-generation car underwent significant changes to improve on its predecessor. The roofline was moved forward, and extra underbody panels were added to find further aero efficiency.

It worked, meaning that despite the aggressive lines and angles, the newest Prius betters the old version by 0.02 Cd. In the world of maximising fuel economy, that tiny number can mean a massive difference in range.

2016 Hyundai Ioniq – 0.24 Cd

It should be no surprise that Hyundai’s big rival for the Prius is clothed in a teardrop-influenced shape. Designed to channel air effectively over the hatchback body, there are multitude of deliberate contours and creases on the Ioniq.

With three different versions of the Ioniq available, Hyundai has distinguished between the hybrid and pure electric models. Hybrids feature a three-stage active front grille, whilst the electric version uses a sleeker solid fascia.

2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class – 0.24 Cd

We perhaps shouldn’t be surprised to see the grandest of Mercedes-Benz four-doors still managing to achieve the same aerodynamic efficiency as smaller hybrid hatchbacks. The German firm has simply applied its aero knowledge to more metal.

One key feature is that the gaping front grille features shutters to direct airflow as needed. Using air to cool the engine only when necessary has a major impact on efficiency. 

2015 BMW 7 Series L – 0.24 Cd

By now you should be sensing a theme, especially when it comes to German cars from the same manufacturer. That the 7 Series looks similar to the smaller 5 Series should mean that its aerodynamic performance is likely to be almost as impressive.

A notable attribute of the 7 Series is active air suspension. Engaging Sport mode means the ride height of the largest BMW is lowered, aiding aerodynamic efficiency. There are also the requisite grille shutters and air curtains to help the big four-door along.

2018 Tesla Model X – 0.25 Cd

Aside from the Model X, you’ll notice there is a general absence of luxury SUVs on this list. Their taller, boxier, shapes make cutting through the air harder so aerodynamic efficiency naturally suffers.

The Model X has the advantage of not having a big engine up front to cool, and also features a streamlined body like the rest of the Tesla range. For comparison, a Hummer H2 only achieved a Cd factor 0.57…

2016 Kia Optima Hybrid – 0.25 Cd

With an emphasis on maximising fuel economy from the combination of battery power and combustion engine, the Optima Hybrid benefits from a number of bespoke modifications.

By now you’ll be able to guess some of the exterior elements that help the Optima Hybrid. There’s an active front grille, a special front air curtain, and model-specific rear bumper. Don’t forget the unique alloy wheel design, too.

2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Hatchback – 0.25 Cd

The new A-Class hatchback may have beaten its saloon brother to the market, but it cannot quite match the four-door when it comes to aerodynamics. The stumpier tail of a hatchback disrupts the air more than a sleek saloon, causing more drag.

However, the new A-Class is still one of the best hatchbacks on this list, so we’re sure Mercedes-Benz isn’t too concerned.

2018 Ford Focus Saloon – 0.25 Cd

Proving the point again that saloons outperform hatches when it comes to drag coefficient is the new Ford Focus. The fourth-generation hatchback appears a little later on our list, but it’s the four-door which scores better.

Ford introduced technology such as active front grille shutters on the previous-generation Focus, and has clearly worked hard to ensure the new model improves things further. The only downside? UK buyers won’t be offered the chance to buy the Focus saloon.

2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Saloon – 0.26 Cd

We challenge you to try and act shocked about seeing the latest C-Class saloon make this list. Those all-important active front grille shutters play a big part of the compact four-door, as will the countless hours spent in the wind tunnel refining the design…

2018 Audi A6 – 0.26 Cd

Aside from making all versions of the new A6 saloon mild-hybrids, Audi has also ensured that it comes close to the aerodynamic ability of rivals from BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

Improving fuel economy matters to executive buyers, but so does a quiet interior. Ensuring air flows smoothly around the car helps reduce wind noise, making the experience in the cabin more refined.

2014 BMW i8 – 0.26 Cd

Along with SUVs, you may also notice that this list lacks flame-spitting supercars. Much modern performance machinery is focussed on generating downforce to aid faster cornering, rather than simply letting air flow smoothly across the car.

As a plug-in hybrid the BMW i8 is already different to make performance cars, so that it has an aerodynamically efficient shape is expected. BMW used fluid dynamics to create the i8’s shape, with cut-outs and air curtains galore. It all clearly worked.

2017 Audi A8 – 0.26 Cd

Another big German saloon, and another one that manages to limit the drag coefficient it creates. Audi’s latest flagship is packed with new technology, and features styling intended to demonstrate poise and purpose on the street.

Autonomous driving capabilities might be the big sell for the A8, but aero cleanliness is still important. Despite the bold front grille, the new A8 still manages to be aerodynamic through a number of detailed tweaks, like specially designed exterior mirrors for less drag.

2016 Mazda 3 Saloon – 0.27 Cd

Compared to many major manufacturers, Mazda has taken a different approach when pursuing the need for improved fuel economy and reduced emissions. The brand’s latest SkyActiv engines use low compression to achieve greater efficiency, and are matched with the swooping styling of the latest Mazda 3 saloon.

Predictably the four-door model outperforms the hatchback version, and proves that Mazda’s distinctive ‘Kodo’ design language can be both handsome and low on drag.

2018 Ford Focus Hatchback – 0.275 Cd

Ford had made bold claims for the new fourth-generation Focus, touting it as ‘the best car’ the company has ever built. Those are strong words, but the leap forward in technology and design keeps the latest Focus at the top of the pile.

As with the saloon version, features like active grille shutters help to reduce aerodynamic drag. Ford can be pleased with the fact that, A-Class and EV eco-warriors aside, it’s the best-performing family hatchback on our list.

Aston Martin DBX Concept

Aston Martin will ‘never, ever, ever’ make a diesel says exec

Aston Martin DBX ConceptAston Martin will launch its first ever SUV in late 2019, but although it may use a range of Mercedes-Benz engines, a diesel will not be among them.

Speaking in Australia last week, Aston Martin’s chief creative officer Marek Reichman revealed the Mercedes-Benz six-cylinder engine could be part of the line-up, “because that would be a pretty good engine and combination”.

This could possibly include the 48-volt mild hybrid version of this engine, added motoring.com.au.

Aston Martin DBX Concept

But it most certainly will not include a diesel. “Never, ever, ever, ever, never, ever, ever, Never. Never! No diesels!,” said Reichman.

Other engine options for the St Athan, Wales-built DBX crossover SUV could include the Mercedes-AMG V8 and Aston’s own V12, but although the DBX was revealed in concept guise as a full EV, Aston Martin is not yet ready to confirm an electric production version of the new SUV.

However, Aston Martin’s new Lagonda luxury brand will be an all-EV firm, “and Lagondas will be built in the same factory as DBX, so you can put two and two together there and figure out how and where DBX will go in the future,” said Reichman.

Aston Martin DBX Concept

Aston Martin is believed to have now chosen a name for the DBX: Varekai, which continues the firm’s ‘V’ naming convention also used by Vantage, Vanquish and the Valkyrie hypercar.

The firm’s Lamborghini Urus and Bentley Bentayga rival will begin production in late 2019, Aston Martin has confirmed. The three St Athan super-hangers are already being trimmed out with car production equipment, with 150 people already employed in full-time production at the ex-MOD site.

Aston Martin has even held its first board meeting at St Athan.

MINI Plant Oxford

British-built car sales plunge by nearly half in June

MINI Plant OxfordBritish car manufacturing dropped by 5.5 percent in June 2018, with a 6 percent increase in exports failing to offset a massive 47.2 percent decline in cars for the UK market.

The Society of Motor Manufacturers (SMMT) blamed model cycle and operational changes plus preparations for this autumn’s new WLTP fuel economy regulations.

However, the decline in home market sales pushed the UK’s car exports total up to almost 9 in 10 models last month – with more than half of them exported to the EU. And the ongoing lack of clarity over Brexit has the SMMT worried.

Nissan Sunderland

“We need a deal,” SMMT chief executive Mike Hawes told The Guardian. “If we have no deal, there is no transition, there is no implementation period, that would kick in less than eight months away.

“You can operate on WTO [World Trade Organisation] trade rules, but it would be at a significant extra cost and burden that we currently enjoy.” The Guardian reports that, when asked if there were any potential Brexit benefits for the car industry, Hawes replied: “Not that we can see.”

53.4 percent of UK car exports go to Europe. Although it has grown 1.5 percent, the next-biggest export market, the US, is way behind on 16 percent. 6.4 percent of British-built cars go to China, and 3.3 percent to Japan.

UK car manufacturing in 2018 – so far…

Nissan Juke at Sunderland

In an official statement, Hawes said the first-half car production figures for 2018, which showed a 3.3 percent decline, “are a reminder of the exports-led nature of UK automotive”. The industry is fully integrated with the EU supply chain and is dependent on free and frictionless trade.

“The UK government’s latest Brexit proposals are a step in the right direction to safeguard future growth, jobs and consumer choice – not just in Britain but right across Europe.

“We now look to negotiators on both sides to recognise the needs of the whole European automotive industry which, combined, employs more than 12 million people.

“Any disruption risks undermining one of our most valuable shared economic assets.”

Top export markets for British built cars in 2018

1: EU – 53.5 percent

2: US – 16 percent

3: China – 6.4 percent

4: Japan – 3.3 percent

5: Turkey: 3.0 percent

 

2019 Suzuki Vitara

Updated Suzuki Vitara ditches diesel, gains new Boosterjet petrols

2019 Suzuki VitaraHot on the heels of the roaringly successful launch of the new Jimny, Suzuki has followed up with an update of its family-sized SUV, the Vitara. The firm has announced initial details of the refresh, ahead of ordering opening in September. 

The current Vitara has been a real hit for Suzuki: impressively, it has been the marque’s best-selling model in Britain since the launch of the fourth-generation in 2015.

2019 Suzuki Vitara

For 2019, new wheels, updated bumpers with a redesigned grille and new LED light graphics feature outside, while the cabin features a new instrument cluster and a new, higher-quality, soft-touch material on the upper instrument panel.

The big news for the updated Vitara, however, is its new engines, with the ageing 1.6-litre petrol ousted in favour of Suzuki’s critically-acclaimed Boosterjet 1.0-litre (111hp) and 1.4-litre (140hp) turbocharged engines.

Both are said to deliver reduced emissions and increased economy, although precise figures aren’t available just yet.

2019 Suzuki Vitara

What about diesel?

Interestingly, no mention is made of diesel in Suzuki’s release, with no new engines announced or, indeed, any word on whether the existing line-up continues unchanged. We called up Suzuki to get the lowdown.

“The 1.6-litre diesel engine will no longer be available in the Vitara. We found in other models that, once the Boosterjet petrol engines had been introduced, that demand significantly dropped for the diesel unit.

“It made sense to discontinue the diesel for the Vitara update as the Boosterjet engines were introduced.”

Long story short, then. Great new petrols, updated cabin, no more diesel! Are you tempted away from the Jimny? All will depend on prices: expect to find out more ahead of the 2019 Vitara’s introduction this autumn. 

As a reminder, the current Vitara starts from £15,999 (or £19,499 in diesel guise). Here’s hoping Suzuki keeps it close to that, and doesn’t make the mistake of hiking prices by too much, as it did with the 2018 Swift Sport

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NEST car tent

NEST is a car tent inspired by a Volvo Ocean Race yacht

NEST car tent

Frustrated by the lack of affordable and lightweight car tents on the market, Sebastian Maluska spent three months designing a solution. Called NEST, Maluska’s tent sleeps two and can turn any car into a mobile home.

Maluska, who studied production design at École cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL) in Renens, was inspired by the sailors sleeping inside a Volvo Ocean Race yacht, where space- and weight-saving are the order of the day.

“The sleeping surface was made out of fabric connected with a rope to a carbon fibre frame,” said Maluska. “In this way, fabric acts as a structural element. Using a rope, the connection between fabric and frame is flexible and makes the sleeping surface comfortable while using the minimum of materials.”

NEST uses two aluminium frames and sailing fabric to create a low-profile extension for car roofs, acting as a tent and a storage space. In the closed status, the upper frame overlaps the lower frame to enhance the aerodynamic efficiency while driving.

Pulling a little pin opens the two frames to create a sleeping area for two people, which is accessed via a ladder stored in a fabric pocket beneath the sleeping surface.

Wake up and smell the coffee

Drinking in car tent

“The best place to take a morning coffee and to enjoy the view is sitting in front, resting the feet on the frame, protected by the roof,” says the ECAL graduate. When closed, skis and surfboards can be stored on the roof racks on top, while sleeping bags and luggage can be stored inside.

Maluska, who spends a lot of time outdoors, hopes NEST will appeal to people travelling on a budget. Sleeping in a car is forbidden in some countries, while it’s not always easy to find level ground at your chosen destination. What’s more, you’ll need to spend time erecting the tent when you get there.

“NEST is ready all the time,” says Maluska. “One big wish of mine would be to invest further development time in it, to push it on a higher level of finishing. Therefore I would like to cooperate with companies and craftsmen.”

In the meantime, Maluska intends to take a few days holiday in the mountains using his tent. “It’s always good to be early on the mountain,” he says.

Hat tip to Dezeen for source.

Accidents

Younger drivers most likely to trigger serious accident alerts

Accidents

Britain’s biggest black box car insurance company has released new data that appears to show that some of the riskiest drivers on our roads are also some of the youngest.

Insurethebox has been providing telematics-based car insurance since 2010. It recently analysed its records for 2017 – and has found that, from 4 million miles of driving data, drivers aged 17-21 were responsive for more than 7 in 10 of the most serious ‘high impact collision alerts’ via its Accident Alert service.

These alerts are auto-generated when dangerous incidents are detected. It works in a similar way to eCall, the automatic emergency call function that’s now mandatory on new cars sold in the EU.

The alerts are triggered when a significant G-force is registered: the system will examine the time of day, whether the vehicle is still moving, and what road the car is on. If it senses an accident is a possibility, contact with the driver is automatically attempted. If this unsuccessful, the emergency services can remotely be alerted by an operator.

Accidents

For younger drivers to generate such a high proportion of the highest-level collision alerts is naturally damming, but the firm is framing it as a positive: “Our Accident Alert service is an example of telematics technology making UK roads safer,” said its road safety manager Simon Rewell.

“We provide young drivers with the benefits of connected motoring – and they don’t need to buy a brand new car to access it.” 

Insurethebox revealed some other interesting findings from the data: it seems drivers who trigger Accident Alerts between midnight and 5am are six times more likely to require emergency services, with 43 percent of all accident alerts being triggered after 5pm.

The highest number of alerts throughout the year were triggered in December, while vehicles on a 30mph road are six times more likely to trigger an alert than those on a motorway, no matter what time of year it is.

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