Tag: Testing

State funding will help UK become lead in driverless vehicle testing, not technology

18th October 2019 | 0 Comments

The UK government’s £300 million-odd funding for connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) projects is unlikely to establish the country as a leader in CAV technology. However, it is well positioned to become a global hub for CAV testing and regulatory development, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

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Horiba buys Fuelcon

Horiba buys Fuelcon

3rd October 2018 | 0 Comments

Horiba Europe GmbH has successfully completed the acquisition of FuelCon AG. FuelCon – now to be called Horiba FuelCon – has become part of Horiba Automotive Test Systems – a leading supplier in the fields of engine, driveline, brake and emissions test systems.

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New vehicle emissions testing facility RDE ready

New vehicle emissions testing facility RDE ready

12th September 2018 | 0 Comments

A facility to test new vehicles for emissions has opened in the UK as car manufacturers battle a bottleneck in updating line-ups to the latest protocols. The facility in Northampton, built by Mahle Powertrain, is unique in the UK, and is claimed to be the world’s first dedicated Real Driving Emissions test centre.

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Smithers Rapra boosts tyre & wheel testing through China lab expansion

Smithers Rapra boosts tyre & wheel testing through China lab expansion

22nd January 2018 | 0 Comments

Through the installation of six new testing machines at its Tire and Wheel testing lab in Suzhou, China, rubber and plastics testing and consulting service provider Smithers Rapra has increased the facility’s ability to server tyre and wheel customers. The new equipment is said to boost capacity at the lab by 35 per cent and broadens its testing capabilities to include cleated tyre and wheel endurance testing, wheel impact, salt spray and tyre air permeation tests.

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Horiba Mira gives test facilities an electric boost

Horiba Mira gives test facilities an electric boost

12th June 2017 | 0 Comments

Horiba Mira has improved its capabilities in Electromagnetic Compatibility testing, investing in a range of new components to add to its world-class facilities. As part of the £0.5m investment, Horiba Mira has acquired a range of products which support the latest developments in plug-in vehicle technology.

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Tyre makers, Smithers Rapra partner on new test equipment

Tyre makers, Smithers Rapra partner on new test equipment

2nd May 2017 | 0 Comments

Six tyre manufacturers – Bridgestone Americas, Continental Tire, Cooper Tire & Rubber, Goodyear Tire & Rubber, Hankook Tire and Michelin North America – and independent, third party laboratory Smithers Rapra have announced a testing partnership to introduce a new MTS Flat-Trac CT Plus tyre test system at the Smithers Tire and Wheel Test Center in Ravenna, Ohio.

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Smithers upgrades tread wear testing facilities

19th January 2017 | 0 Comments

Smithers Rapra has enchanced its tread wear testing capabilities for passenger, light truck and commercial vehicle tyres at its test centre in Ravenna, Ohio, USA. According to the company, the upgraded equipment and software can run a wide variety of drive profiles while supporting benchmarking and development requirements.

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Suzuki reports emissions and fuel testing “discrepancies”, denies cheating

Suzuki reports emissions and fuel testing “discrepancies”, denies cheating

19th May 2016 | 0 Comments

Following revelations of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation’s use of excessive tyre pressure to influence fuel consumption tests in April, Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism sent out surveys to 41 manufacturers whose vehicles possess type certification in Japan. The manufacturers were required to report back on test practices by 18 May. Suzuki shared with the ministry that “some discrepancies” were found between the Ministry’s regulations covering emission and fuel efficiency and the methods it actually uses. Suzuki denies that these incongruities are evidence of data manipulating, cheating or, in its own words, “acts of injustice.”

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How excessive tyre pressure can deflate share price

How excessive tyre pressure can deflate share price

21st April 2016 | 0 Comments

A simple “trick” – or perhaps we should say “cheating” or “fraud” – has been common practice in the European automotive industry, to the displeasure of environmental organisations: Place a car with excessive tyre pressure on a dynamometer and – voilà – lower fuel consumption levels and emissions are recorded thanks to the ‘optimised’ rolling resistance. Mitsubishi has conceded carrying out this practice in Japan with test data submitted to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism. This time round it doesn’t affect, as in the case of Volkswagen and its ‘cheat’ software, millions of vehicles, rather ‘only’ 625,000 small cars, the majority of these off-take production for Nissan.

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Pirelli completes longest ever test on F1 compounds, constructions in Abu Dhabi

Pirelli completes longest ever test on F1 compounds, constructions in Abu Dhabi

2nd December 2015 | 0 Comments

Formula One’s teams have driven more than 6,020km on various development versions of Pirelli’s 2016 range, including the new ultrasoft compound. Over 1084 laps, McLaren’s Stoffel Vandoorne set the best time over the 12 hour non-stop session. The session took place in expected bright sunshine and warm temperatures, starting out at around 24°C ambient (35°C asphalt) and reaching 28°C and 40°C respectively by lunchtime. The next testing session, in which Pirelli will focus on its wet tyres, will take place at Circuit Paul Ricard, France on 25-26 January.

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Viezu clears the air with BlueOptimize remapping service

Viezu clears the air with BlueOptimize remapping service

24th November 2015 | 0 Comments

Independent tests recently carried out at a VCA approved facility have shown that Viezu’s BlueOptimize remapping service can reduce emissions. The service is already popular with UK van fleet managers seeking fuel bill and emissions reductions, Viezu adds.

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New Versaperm designed to speed up permeability testing

New Versaperm designed to speed up permeability testing

24th November 2015 | 0 Comments

The new Versaperm VI is designed to make permeability testing “very much faster, cheaper and more accurate”, according to the system’s manufacturer. In addition, the new system simulates temperature cycling with it as well.

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TerraClean welcomes government vehicle emissions investigation

30th September 2015 | 0 Comments

TerraClean has become the first aftermarket firm, perhaps even the first company to publically welcome the UK government’s plans to invest vehicle emissions in light of the VW scandal.

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DfT: VCA to [re]investigate emissions in the UK

25th September 2015 | 0 Comments

The Department for Transport (DfT) announced yesterday that the British government will set up its own inquiry into car emissions and testing. This will be done through the UK regulator Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA), which is itself a division of the Department for Transport, and will work with OEMs.

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Conti to test Taraxagum-based WinterContact TS 850 P at Arvidsjaur

Conti to test Taraxagum-based WinterContact TS 850 P at Arvidsjaur

4th August 2015 | 0 Comments

Continental will reach an important milestone in its research project for the industrialisation of dandelion rubber in tyre production when it tests its first WinterContact TS 850 P with a Taraxagum based tread at its Swedish testing facility. Continental unveiled its first test tyres made from the raw material (the botanical name for dandelion is taraxacum) in a limited series last autumn. The use of the material in its WinterContact TS 850 P takes Continental “an important step closer” to its long-term sustainability goals, reducing its dependence on traditional raw materials.

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