Category: Opinion

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23rd September 2019

The continuing rise in relay theft, OEMs’ responses and trackers’ effective role

“Last week, I started keeping my car keys in the freezer, and I may be at the forefront of a new digital safety trend”, wrote Nick Bilton in the New York Times1 in April 2015, following his Prius having suffered no fewer than three ‘relay theft’ attempts using electronic devices. This type of car crime… Read more

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7th August 2019

Dash cams: their growth, effectiveness and future in a rapidly-evolving automotive world

Look a little more closely at the windscreens and even the rear windows of cars, vans and other vehicles and it won’t take long before a dash cam is spotted. Influenced by ‘crash for cash’ scams, concerns over uninsured drivers on the road, fears surrounding ‘relay theft’ of cars with keyless entry, and by motorists’… Read more

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1st August 2019

Parking’s unabated controversies and remarkable future

From the fees levied at many hospitals and in local high streets, to finding a space in multi-storey car parks, in increasingly congested urban centres and even outside one’s own home where pavement positioning may be a necessity, parking is a challenge faced by many motorists on a regular basis, no matter what car they… Read more

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16th July 2019

Are the UK and Europe’s clean air zones anticipated to be successful and what influences are shaping their development?

With acronyms including ANPR, CAZ, LEZ, NOx, PM and ULEZ to digest, the subject of clean air zones can sometimes prove confusing, without the added complexity of governmental and other influences resulting in date-changes and tier adjustments. Essentially, though, much of the planet has become dangerously polluted by industry, farming and most notably by vehicles,… Read more

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11th June 2019

The UK’s smart motorways – are they proving successful and what does their future look like?

With the upgrading of the M6 between junctions 19 for Knutsford and 16 for Crewe where Trak Global Group’s headquarters are located recently having been completed after 3.5 years and upto a reported £274 million, we investigate whether smart motorways are proving to be more efficient and safe as intended1, 2. What is a smart… Read more

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29th May 2019

Environmental, technological and other influences shaping the world of motorcycles as electric bike development accelerates

Although consumer motoring and fleet media predominantly focus on plug-in hybrid and electric cars, motorcycles very much remain a popular method of mobility throughout the world, so we discuss the latest market trends as emissions regulations, battery power and other forces rapidly shaping the car and van markets also permeate the two-wheeled sector. The current… Read more

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22nd May 2019

The interaction of autonomous vehicles with their surroundings – what do the present and future look like?

With Elon Musk aiming for fully-autonomous ‘level 5’ Tesla models to be on the road as soon as next year1 – and with the UK government recently having expressed the wish to see “self-driving cars on our roads by 2021… on any road provided they are compliant with UK law”2 – autonomous vehicles (AVs) imminently… Read more

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6th May 2019

Are traditional contract hire leases being phased out by short-term vehicle rental solutions?

A significant proportion of headlines and thought leadership commentary in leading fleet publications in recent weeks certainly paint a similar picture – that of the demise of traditional contract hire leases which, for the past couple of decades or so, have typically seen company car drivers keep the same vehicle for three or four years…. Read more

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25th April 2019

What factors influence the business case for EV adoption?

While private motorists and indeed SMEs may take a more flexible, short-term approach, businesses and organisations with larger fleets of vehicles typically make longer-term decisions, an increasingly pertinent one being whether to embrace electric vehicles (EV) now or to wait. Although certain OEMs continue to invest in diesel and petrol, with BMW1 quite rightly citing… Read more

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16th April 2019

Are fully-autonomous vehicles really likely to feature on public roads soon?

It’s fair to say that various facets of autonomous or ‘driverless’ cars and other vehicles, from their capabilities to the time-scales involved in consumer availability, continue to cause a degree of confusion, which is in many ways no surprise. Is semi-autonomous technology misunderstood? Firstly, with systems1 like Audi’s Traffic Jam Pilot and BMW’s Traffic Jam… Read more