Posted On : 10th Nov, 2017

Registration of Trailers
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Industry Events
Road Safety Week 20-26th November 2017
If you would like to take part and receive a free electronic action pack please, to register please click here

Collision Avoidance Technology Demonstrations
In-vehicle collision avoidance technology, also known as Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) has been proven to reduce road collisions and vehicle damage. Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) for example, can reduce ‘at fault’ rear collisions by up to 38%, and third party injury claims by up to 45%.
With the Department for Transport encouraging organisations to adopt this technology, and many fleets already starting to do so, Thatcham Research, Bosch and Driving for Better Business are running live ADAS technology demonstration days in November so that fleet decision makers can experience this collision avoidance technology for themselves.
The day runs from 10am until 4pm and includes:

  • A presentation on the latest systems now available for both cars and vans,
  • Live in-car demonstrations where you can experience this technology yourself,
  • Presentations on the business case, with case studies, including the impact on repair costs.
  • Lunch and refreshments are also provided

This is a high-level event, showcasing both car and van technology, including the latest systems available on VW Commercial Vehicles, following their recent announcement that AEB will be fitted as standard to all their new vans. Available dates are currently 28th and 29th November. For more details please click here
ACFO members can book their free place by contacting the MSO by clicking here

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