Crash testing with ThingCo at Charles Trent Rugby site
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.