Motor Manufacturer Approved
HiTech is the Nationwide branded operating name for specialist sites that are predominantly centres of excellence for many leading vehicle manufacturers.
For example in our flagship HiTech centre in Milton Keynes we currently hold BMW, Mercedes-Benz, , VW, Audi and Tesla approval.
HiTech is a key area of investment for us in Nationwide, but this isn’t anything new. Today we already hold over 70 manufacturer approvals in our owned sites across the UK.
Fulfilling the manufacturer standards the customer
Manufacturer dedicated skills and equipment, training programmes and site approvals all enable us grow our relationships with the UK’s leading vehicle manufacturers. By supporting these partnerships, with the growing and changing technology and equipment in all vehicles on the road today, this once again helps us future proof our repair network.
With vehicle technology advancing at pace, manufacturers are constantly looking to innovate ahead of the competition. This means the capability to carry out a safe repair needs to change at the same pace.
At Nationwide we have deliberately invested in our model to enable us to do this for the foreseeable future and beyond.
ADAS & AUTONOMY
Advanced Driver Assist Systems’ come in many forms, with the focus for Thatcham Research being on assessing these technologies and evaluating how they could benefit motorists and reduce risk. Modern vehicles are equipped with a wide range of cameras, radars and lidar which when required can operate both independently and in fusion with other systems. Many vehicles now have a 360° view of their immediate surroundings and are able to identify and avoid potential hazards either by warning the driver, or by automatically taking over an element of the vehicle such as braking, or steering if the driver doesn’t react.
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It’s easy to see how these technologies will eventually come together to take the driving out of the human occupants’ hands altogether. By 2021 we expect to see the first driverless cars on defined segments of motorway, though it will be some time after that before they are common place and there are many challenges to overcome before then. In the meantime Thatcham Research have begun assessing the key technologies and in many cases developing globally accepted testing protocols of the technologies that will underpin the move to full autonomy.
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