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More than one in four (28%) new car buyers prioritise car connectivity over other features, such as fuel efficiency, while 13% said they would not buy a car that’s not connected to the internet, according a study conducted by Nissan. The survey was carried out to understand the importance infotainment systems in crossovers such as the Qashqai, Juke and X-Trail.
Another finding of the research was that 20% of respondents would switch to another car brand for better connectivity, with that figure rising to 41% for those who spend more than 20 hours a week in their car.
While the rise in connected vehicles will undoubtedly bring benefits to consumers, it also provides the potential for cyber hacking, which represents another challenge for modern transportation.
NEW research carried out by AA Vehicle Inspections – an inspection service for dealers – has revealed that more faults are found on vans than on any other vehicle type.
AA vehicle inspectors were questioned on the pre-sale inspections they carry out every month at dealerships across the UK, and 40% said that vans inspected on the forecourt had the most problems.
24% of dealers polled said that medium-sized cars were found to have the most faults, while 12% of inspectors discovered faults on sports cars more than any other class of vehicle.
Finally, 48% of inspectors discovered more problems on vehicles with mileage between 100,000 and 149,000 miles, compared to just 12 per cent finding more faults on vehicles with mileage above 150,000. More than half of inspectors found that over a quarter of the vehicles they inspected had illegal or unsafe tyres.
Source: Car Dealer Magazine
The majority of small franchised dealers have exited the sub-£1,500 used car market because of fears over the new Consumer Rights Act. That’s one of the conclusions of a survey carried by cap hpi in May.
“We asked how the market is performing for sub £1,500 cars and over 60% of those responding reported they had ceased dealing in that sector,” said Philip Nothard, retail and consumer specialist at cap hpi.
Overall, small franchised dealers reported tougher trading in April and May, with many “struggling to achieve” their new car targets.
Over half of dealers surveyed reported a decline in physical footfall, another 20% said they had experienced little or no change. On the other hand, online activity performed more positively overall than footfall, with 23% experiencing an increase, and less than half citing a decline since last month.
The Government is expected to introduce a grant for workplace charging points for electric vehicles this summer, as confirmed by David Martell, CEO of charging point manufacturer and operator Chargemaster.
The scheme is likely to be announced in July, however, further details of the scheme, such as the amount of funding and the length of time for which it will run, have yet to be revealed. At present, the Government does not offer a grant or financial backing for businesses wishing to install charge points at their premises, but discounts are available for domestic units.
A spokesman for the Department for Transport and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles did not confirm plans for the grant but said fleets should “watch this space. Fitting charge points in workplace car parks is a huge opportunity. We know there is an appetite out there from businesses”.
The UK government has warned that traditional data sources for underwriting motor insurance will become obsolete with the emergence of connected cars.
Roads Minister Andrew Jones confirmed the Government’s intention to amend the Road Traffic Act 1988 motor insurance provisions, and announced a consultation to commence in the summer on driverless car insurance.
Selim Cavanagh, VP telematics, for Wunelli said, ‘The success of driverless cars and the role insurers will play in this new technology will hinge heavily on the driving data that can be obtained and understood from those vehicles and Wunelli is working with OEMs to ensure that data is in a usable format.’
Rutger Van der Wall, vice president, international product development, LexisNexis Risk Solutions added, ‘By working with OEMs, insurers can use the mass of data being collected from vehicles to understand the effectiveness of autonomous cars and how drivers interact with the capabilities of the vehicle.’
The UK government will introduce legislation making product liability a compulsory part of motor insurance.
Roads minister Andrew Jones announced insurance and insurers would need to adjust to accommodate the autonomous technology. A major consultation is taking place during the summer, but compulsory product liability is already on the to-do list.
Andrew said, ‘Firstly, much of the data on which insurance is priced and sold will steadily become obsolete. Secondly, vast quantities of new kinds of data will become available, assessing not individual driver risk but vehicle behaviour and other factors.
‘And thirdly, in the event of a serious collision when in driverless mode, it would be the vehicle at fault, instead of the human driver.
‘Compulsory motor insurance will be retained, but it will be extended to cover product liability, so that when a motorist has handed control to their vehicle, they can be reassured that their insurance will be there if anything goes wrong.
Hands-free driving on certain sections of motorway is expected by 2018, while full autonomy is expected in 2025. The UK government is keen to introduce appropriate legislation to support this progress.
Volkswagen Group has set its sights on a million units of electric and plug-in hybrid sales by 2025 in order to meet increasingly strict carbon dioxide emission limits.
The car manufacturer has nine electric or plug-in models at the moment, but want to expand the range with 20 new launches by 2020.