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Telematics data collection standard in development

Open standard for the collection of vehicle sensor data for telematics could see car manufacturers building in insurance telematics devices. Octo Telematics is developing a non-proprietary protocol for telematics data collection, within the in-vehicle Java Virtual Machine (JVM) environment. The …

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Concern over insurance disputes with driverless cars

SmartWitness survey shows the level of concern held by motorists on the dispute process over insurance claims involving autonomous vehicles. A survey undertaken by in-vehicle surveillance company, SmartWitness, has been gauging the public reaction to the advent of driverless cars …

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Freight industry body warns of drug driving risk

The Freight Transport Association is warning its members of the dangers of prescription drugs which may impair driving ability. With drug driving prosecutions having reached an all-time high in 2015, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) says drivers need to be …

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20mph speed limit encouragement from London Mayor

The new Mayor of London has said he will encourage the wider use of 20mph speed limits in the city boroughs to protect vulnerable road users. UK road safety charity, Brake says that the new Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, …

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Proposed legal change to protect Scottish cyclists

Organisation in Scotland is calling for changes to civil law to divert presumed liability away from vulnerable road users involved in collisions. In a move to provide cyclists with greater protection under liability law, the Scottish Trade Union Congress (STUC) …

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Reasons why some drivers leave accident scenes

University research analyses the reasons why drivers leave accident scenes in hit-and-run incidents within the UK. In an attempt to get to the bottom of why drivers sometimes flee from the scene of a collision without leaving their details or …

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Toyota launches telematics insurance services in USA

US drivers will have access to a new telematics based insurance service from joint venture set up by Toyota in the country. Toyota Financial Services (TFS) and Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) in the USA have joined with a major insurance …

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Insurer rates professions on driving skills

According to one way of assessing skills through insurance claims, roofers and lorry drivers are better drivers than accountants and doctors. Truck drivers often bear the brunt of motorists’ complaints but new figures suggest they’re actually the fourth best drivers …

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Ireland freight operators suffer large insurance increases

The Freight Transport Association is preparing to confront the insurance industry on unreasonably large increases in insurance premiums for all operators in Ireland. The increase in commercial motor insurance premiums was the hot topic under discussion at the recent FTA …

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No drink drive limit review for England and Wales

Following the reduction in drink drive limit in Scotland in 2014, the rest of the UK will not be following suit, according to the transport minister. With the UK Government recently announcing its confirmation that it won’t be reviewing the …

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