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Crash testing at Charles Trents

Crash testing with ThingCo at Charles Trent Rugby site


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According to a recent article in Insurance Edge, last week, ThingCo headed to Charles Trents vehicle recycling centre in Rugby. CEO Mike Brockman said: “There’s no better way to test in-car devices such as Little Theo”.

Little Theo is a compact self-installed telematics device which features intelligent voice and crash detection which is mounted on the windscreen and uses solar power.

In a series of 20mph collisions, the purpose of testing the device was so that ThingCo could evaluate how well it detects the impact and activates voice features so that drivers know they can get immediate assistance on a real accident.

According to the article, ‘it’s all about tech helping people in emergencies, as well as tracking your driving style and offering a driver score so that users feel they’re more involved with the technology.

The first two shunts offered fascinating data insights from a typical low-speed impact already downloaded by ThingCo. They also used a drone to observe from above.

One thing that was noticed after the second impact was how the already weakened old Fiesta suffered more dents, folds and creases to its bodyshell. Even though the bumpers did their job and absorbed energy, the force had to go somewhere and it’s the body structure and the doors, bonnet etc that take that hit.

A series of tests show how Little Theo works in real-world low-speed collisions. How bodywork is affected and how quickly data can be sent to insurers.


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Owain Griffiths

Owain Griffiths

Head of Circular Economy at Volvo Cars

Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

Turning into a circular business and the importance of vehicle reuse and recycling.

The presentation will cover the work Volvo Cars is doing to achieve 2025 but mainly focus on the transformational work towards 2040 and the business and value chain changes being considered. Attention will be paid to the way vehicles are being dealt with at the end of life and the complexities of closing material and component loops. Opportunities and challenges which Volvo Cars is facing will be presented including engagement with 3rd parties and increasing pressure from stakeholders.