Tag: Internet

Motokiki enters administration

Motokiki enters administration

4th November 2019 | 0 Comments

Lydia Limited, the company behind tyre price comparison site Motokiki, called in the administrators on 24 October 2019. Simon Girling and Chris Marsden of BDO LLP were appointed Joint Administrators on the same day. Tyres & Accessories understands that the administrators are seeking to sell the technology assets of the company and is seeking offers before a Friday 15 November 2019 deadline.

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Hella introduces new battery finder tool

10th October 2019 | 0 Comments

Hella has launched a battery finder tool to easily source a replacement battery. The free tool can be accessed at: http://hellabatteryfinder.com where users can search for a battery using the registration number, vehicle model details or VIN number and can be used for motorcycles, cars and light commercial vehicles.

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The top 8 tyre comparison sites compared

The top 8 tyre comparison sites compared

26th September 2019 | 0 Comments

We are all familiar with the likes of MoneySuperMarket, CompareTheMarket and Confused.com. Beginning with financial and insurance products, these sites set out to give consumers more choice and the ability to compare the prices. Owing to the fact that tyres are arguably more complex, the tyre industry has moved a bit slower when it comes to comparison. During the last year or so, however, tyre comparison has come of age. So, who are the main players, what are the differences and where did tyre comparison all begin?

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Starter offers online vehicle and parts marketplace

Starter offers online vehicle and parts marketplace

23rd August 2019 | 0 Comments

Starter is launching what it describes as “the first price comparison platform for global use” in the automotive vehicle and parts marketplace. Offering a wide product catalogue with more than 5 million parts, it is said to be the largest and most comprehensive website to unite consumers and businesses via a global marketplace.

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Nexen partners with Plug and Play

Nexen partners with Plug and Play

20th June 2019 | 0 Comments

Nexen Tire has formed a strategic partnership with Plug and Play, the world's largest corporate innovation platform and startup accelerator. Plug and Play was an early investor in Silicon Valley's most renowned firms including PayPal, Lending Club, Dropbox and SoundHound. In doing so Nexen has highlighted its view of the importance of start-up thinking, future mobility, open-R&D and the Internet of Things (IoT) – all trends that the wider tyre industry is predicted to become increasingly involved in over time.

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Vodafone and Continental introduce digital tyre monitoring platform

22nd March 2018 | 0 Comments

Continental and Vodafone are promoting a new digital tyre monitoring platform, ContiConnect. The companies are using the Internet of Things (IoT) to connect commercial vehicle fleets to the digital tyre monitoring platform to improve road safety and vehicle efficiencies. ContiConnect is currently deployed in US, Canada, Malaysia and Thailand with more markets in Europe and Asia to follow in 2018 and next year.

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Cyber security comes to the fore

Cyber security comes to the fore

9th March 2018 | 0 Comments

Bentley has been unveiling what it calls the first hybrid electric super-luxury car at the Geneva Motor Show. Other manufacturers (like Porsche) may disagree with this assertion, but the launch marks something of a landmark for the industry with more and more emphasis being paid to the new generation of electric and hybrid vehicles. Indeed, during the company’s latest financial results, Pirelli’s Marco Tronchettic Provera even spoke about the digitisation of the company’s business as if it is normal – something that was followed by the launch of Pirelli’s Cyber Car in Geneva at the start of March. In short, the Cyber Car system offers an OEM solution to send data from the tyres to the car and from the car to the cloud for the benefit of that particular driver as well as road-users in general.

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Tyre consumers increasingly choosing ‘click and fit’

Tyre consumers increasingly choosing ‘click and fit’

21st June 2016 | 0 Comments

Blackcircles.com, the UK’s leading online tyre retailer, reported a steep increase in sales from new customers during June. According to the company, this includes 80 per cent who have never previously bought tyres online. The metrics indicate that tyre retailing, which has traditionally lagged online adoption in other sectors like banking and travel, is going through something of a transformation.

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Michelin website selling tyres directly to consumers in Europe

Michelin website selling tyres directly to consumers in Europe

13th January 2016 | 0 Comments

Michelin will begin selling tyres directly to consumers online for the first time during the first quarter of 2016. The news came in parallel with the launch of the new Michelin Pilot Sport 4, which will be the first tyre to be sold by the company via this method.

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Goodyear steps up tyre retail involvement with new UK digital platform

Goodyear steps up tyre retail involvement with new UK digital platform

8th January 2016 | 0 Comments

Goodyear has launched its next generation website in the UK and Ireland. While not quite the pioneering retail strategy employed by the manufacturer’s US digital platform, the new site (www.goodyear.co.uk) has increased the company’s interaction with end-consumers – a reaction to the sustained growth in consumers researching their tyre purchase decision online. In an unusual move for tyre manufacturers’ own websites, Goodyear also provides a recommended sell-out price on its tyres, which indicates a step towards the retail activity of its American cousin, albeit without any sort of requirement of the retailer to honour that price.

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Goodyear implements direct online sales in US

Goodyear implements direct online sales in US

3rd December 2015 | 0 Comments

Last January at its annual dealer conference, Goodyear unveiled plans to launch direct-to-consumer online sales across the US through its Goodyear.com website. Since then, Michelin has bought into two large European e-tailers and Apollo has acquired another. Clearly 2015 has been the year that tyre majors have allowed their online retail strategies surface. And while approaches differ between manufacturers and markets, Goodyear’s US approach is by far the most direct. At the moment, this approach centres on North America, however what we learn from Goodyear’s case is valuable in any market. In mid-November Tire Review editor Jim Smith met with Goodyear’s Mike Dauberman, senior director of marketing and interactive, and Bill Friel, general manager of consumer dealer retail, and here gives Tyres per cent Accessories readers access to their conversation.

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Car systems can be hacked, warns NCC Group

3rd August 2015 | 0 Comments

Some car infotainment systems are vulnerable to a hack attack that could put lives at risk. The vulnerability was exposed by NCC Group after it found a way to carry out attacks by sending data using digital audio broadcasting (DAB) radio signals.

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Kumho now affixing RFID tags to half-finished tyres

19th June 2015 | 0 Comments

Two years ago, Kumho Tire announced a world first when it began attaching radio frequency identification (RFID) tags on its products. The tyre maker now reports another world first – since 16 June, it has begun using an Internet of Things (IoT) based production and distribution integrated management system to apply the RFID system to its ‘half-finished’ products.

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IAAF to discuss legislation, internet parts and social media misuse

IAAF to discuss legislation, internet parts and social media misuse

11th March 2015 | 0 Comments

The Independent Automotive Aftermarket Federation (IAAF) has announced that its latest breakfast network meeting will address key legislation, internet parts and social media misuse for employers in the automotive aftermarket. Taking place at Valeo Service UK, Redditch, on Tuesday 21 April, the event will welcome a representative from Capita, a leading FTSE business and provider of business process management solutions.

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Modern cars are more hackable than ever

Modern cars are more hackable than ever

12th January 2015 | 0 Comments

Modern cars are in danger of being hacked by criminal gangs, motoring experts have warned once again. Possible motivations for hacking are said to include theft of information, extortion and even causing vehicles to crash. Security vulnerabilities in connected cars and in TPMS/RFID systems have been identified before (see "Automotive suppliers, smart cars, intelligent tyres and safety concerns" in last February's magazine and "Researchers Hack a Hole in TPMS" in the September 2010 issue of Tyres & Accessories), but now attention is turning to cars fitted with wireless networks and Internet. The fear is that these connections can be exploited by hackers with access and control a car's systems, including braking and acceleration potentially being overriding remotely, according to security consultants.

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