‘Robutt’ the Robot taught to mimic motion of human bottom

A robot has been created to move like a human behind – and perfectly simulate how drivers and passengers get in and out of their car seats.   Engineers used pressure maps to establish a “perch pattern”, the data enabling them to test the wear and tear of materials, using the robotic bottom – or […]

Fiesta awarded top safety rating

It’s already the UK’s best-selling car and now it has been recognised as one of the safest. The new Fiesta has been awarded a maximum 5-star safety rating by Euro NCAP.   The independent crash test authority praised Fiesta’s more sophisticated seatbelts, and systems that help drivers to avoid straying from their lane, or exceeding […]

Taking the guesswork out of getting out of the way

Trying to locate the source of a siren when you are behind the wheel can be stressful. Worse, it can delay the progress of an emergency vehicle if you do not act quickly and safely.   We have developed technology that sends a signal from the ambulance, fire engine or police car directly to nearby […]

The longest day – just one big yawn?

Deep in darkest winter, looking forward to the longest day – when the time between sunset and sunrise is shortest – it is easy to forget that the shortest night could leave us tired and irritable.   At least that looks like the case for many in the UK this week as the price to […]

Footloose – how to drive safely this summer

From crocs to espadrilles, the fashion set are spoilt for choice this summer. But while stylish shoes may turn heads, they’re often an unsuitable choice for driving. This is especially true of the most popular summer footwear. Research shows that wearing flip flops behind the wheel is a particular hazard, as they can slip off […]

Borrowing Mum and Dad’s car – to speed, text and drink drive

Young drivers are taking risks behind the wheel of their parents’ cars – which many borrow without asking – including speeding, using mobile phones, and drink driving. These are the findings of a new survey we commissioned to highlight the need for dedicated driver training in Europe, * where car crashes are the leading cause […]

Now you see it, then you didn’t

Check out these photos that clearly show how much easier it is for today’s drivers to see at night – compared to previous generations – as a cyclist crosses the road just 12 metres ahead.   Almost invisible to the dim gas lamps of a 1908 Model T Ford, the man pushing his bicycle across […]