Category: Trak Labs
27th March 2019The mandating of more in-car safety tech is good news – but will it really help make our roads accident-free any time soon?
Andrew Brown-Allan, Managing Director of Trak Labs The EU Commission’s call for the mandating of more in-car safety technology is undoubtedly a step in the right direction. Improving road safety has always been at the core of Trak Global Group’s ethos, and we see any opportunity for reduced road collisions and increased vehicle connectivity as… Read more
20th April 2018Solid-state batteries plus earning money for generating domestic electricity boost electric cars’ appeal
Over the last few days, the UK firm OVO Energy1 unveiled a bi-directional vehicle-to-grid (V2G) electric vehicle charging point that it firmly believes will contribute towards revolutionising not just motoring but also communities and the environment. Motivated by the way in which more than 90% of cars are parked at any one time, which for… Read more
9th April 2018What’s new in the world of big data? We round up some remarkable developments
Away from recent negative headlines surrounding how a small number of companies may have used the world’s largest social media platform to influence elections, ‘big data’ continues to be harnessed in a wide variety of very positive ways. Big data converted into sound One of the most remarkable latest developments is the sonification of big… Read more
22nd February 2018Audi’s world-changing A8: all tech-ed up and nowhere to go until legislation catches up
Driverless vehicles were heaped with attention by Chancellor Philip Hammond during his Autumn Budget 20171, in which he clearly outlined a determination for the UK to welcome autonomy on its roads as soon as 2021. Artificial intelligence (AI) in the automotive context also received a £75m boost and Mr Hammond expressed the conviction that his… Read more
23rd January 2018Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018 roundup part 1 – automotive
As a Group immersed in vehicles and technology, we always eagerly anticipate the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which never ceases to amaze with its fascinating mix of concepts and launches. In part one of our whistle-stop overview of CES 2018, our focus is on all-things automotive. With SUVs currently dominating markets worldwide and much… Read more
12th December 2017The escalation in ‘relay’ vehicle theft is a concern for rental and other fleets, but simple deterrents along with more advanced solutions will hopefully result in a decline
Much to the delight of scores of private and business motorists, most manufacturers offer keyless entry for some or all of the models in their ranges, with 95% of European car brands, for example, featuring the technology. ‘Smart key’ entry can be traced back to the early nineties when the Chevrolet Corvette boasted an early… Read more
7th December 2017Having become commonplace among cars, hybrid, electric and other powertrains are now being explored for planes
This year has seen conventional non-plugin hybrid car sales leap by almost 50% in the UK1, with a smidgen short of 58,000 of them registered by the end of October 2017. Whereas fully electric cars don’t provide the mileage ranges and fast refuelling capabilities that many drivers require, hybrid cars combining a petrol or diesel… Read more
15th November 2017Tangible and imminent mobility benefits evident in the technology revealed at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show
The 45th Tokyo Motor Show inevitably still saw a healthy lineup of the usual adrenaline-pumping supercars, sports cars, grand tourers and wacky concepts showcased, from the ultra-sleek Mazda Vision Coupe1 and throaty Subaru Viziv Performance concept2 to Suzuki’s e-Survivor3 SUV concept and Mitsubishi Electric’s Emirai 4†. As a telematics and insurance solutions group, though, what primarily piques our interest… Read more
23rd November 2017How fintech is shaking up banking and making life easier for consumers, businesses and specific groups throughout the world
Just as there are plenty of game-changing developments continuously happening in the automotive and insurance sectors helped by technology such as smartphones, sensors and radars combined with vast amounts of data, disruptive financial technology or ‘fintech’ is equally seeing tremendous strides being made. Banks and other financial organisations are increasingly viewing fintech pioneers less as… Read more
9th November 2017How Manchester is being shaped into a smart city with a connected transport system and cleaner air in sight
‘I don’t want Greater Manchester to be just a smart city – I want it to be the smartest city’, new mayor Andy Burnham declared soon after taking office in the spring1. We take a look at the latest ‘smart’ moves in the city that our Trak Labs division is delighted to call home. Principal… Read more
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- Trak Global Group has acquired Intelligent Mechatronic Systems Inc (IMS), North America’s leading insurance telematics business
- The interaction of autonomous vehicles with their surroundings – what do the present and future look like?
- Are traditional contract hire leases being phased out by short-term vehicle rental solutions?
- Trak Global Group celebrates triple shortlisting for prestigious international awards
- What factors influence the business case for EV adoption?
- Are fully-autonomous vehicles really likely to feature on public roads soon?