FUTURE TECH

Changes happen at warp-speed when it comes to vehicles, the materials used in constructing them, their design, colour and the technology going into them for safety as well as infotainment purposes. Future Tech keeps you up-to-date with some of the up-coming trends and the latest solutions.

VEHICLE MANUFACTURER POWER PLAY

VEHICLE MANUFACTURER POWER PLAY

The wonderful world of vehicle manufacturers is under massive pressure to change, driven by legislation, consumer choices and international trading. The collision repairers are down stream of this, and the increasing chaos will have quite an effect, eventually.

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AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES – FACT OR FANTASY?

AUTONOMOUS VEHICLES – FACT OR FANTASY?

Andrew Marsh delves into the evolution of ADAS to full autonomy The engineering that is going on across the autonomous vehicle community is astounding, but all of the systems are prototypes.
He also questions how the manufacturers and repairers feature in this, as well as the flow of data needed for these vehicles.

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TRADE BARRIERS FOR EUROPE OR FIGHT BACK ON THE CARDS

TRADE BARRIERS FOR EUROPE OR FIGHT BACK ON THE CARDS

Andrew takes us through the move towards even better vehicle design, which usually takes years but promises a future of longer life parts. The object is to reduce energy use in both the original manufactured ‘new’ vehicle as well as parts for service or repair, in order to survive today.

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MANUFACTURERS RUNNING HARD TO GO NOWHERE FAST

MANUFACTURERS RUNNING HARD TO GO NOWHERE FAST

With loads of product variation, leading to more difficult-to-get special parts due to lower production volumes – as well in Europe – product support ceasing five years after the last production of a model. The issues show up in trim items, unique panels, and all the parts typically used in collision repair.

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AI CERTAINTY AND THE FUTURE

AI CERTAINTY AND THE FUTURE

Those who seek profit and only see everyone else as a route to that profit, will invest in ever more complex ‘machines. The investors won’t care what the machine does as long as profit is delivered. Is this AI at its best? See what Andrew Marsh has to say.

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GREY, BLUE, GREEN; THE COLOURS OF HYDROGEN

GREY, BLUE, GREEN; THE COLOURS OF HYDROGEN

There are few economic ways to allow a wind turbine or solar farm to produce energy and store it. One route is batteries, which are expensive or another way is to use the otherwise wasted power to create pure hydrogen – ‘green’ hydrogen, to indicate it is made with renewable power.

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DRIVEN

With three motoring-journalists on our staff, we are able to test drive and review some of the latest models available on our roads as well as attend the latest model launches.

TRAINING

Knowledge is power. Training is key to up-skilling repairers as models launch onto our local roads faster than we can count. We also need to grow new talent into the collision repair industry. Courses are available to help and organisations are in place to train - this information is in Industry Index.

CLASSIC CARS & RESTORATIONS

Classic cars are the next big investment. As such the sector of restoration is growing in the realms of collision repair and it’s definitely the “sexier” side of the business. There are many opportunities to create exotic special-builds as well as keep timeless beauties in mint condition.

classic corner & resoration

Classic cars are the next big investment. As such the sector of restoration is growing in the realms of collision repair and it’s definitely the “sexier” side of the business. There are many opportunities to create exotic special-builds as well as keep timeless beauties in mint condition.

TRAINING

Knowledge is power. Keeping up-to-date with the latest techniques and technology is extremely important.Training is key to up-skilling repairers as models launch onto our local roads, as well as bringing new talent into the collision repair industry. Courses are available to help, organisations are in place to train and we have other helpful information that may crop-up when fixing the cars of now, and those that are still to come.

DRIVEN

With three motoring-journalists on our staff, we are able to test drive and review some of the latest models available on our roads as well as attend the latest model launches.