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Car Insurance: One bump and your old car could be on the scrapheap

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When Lesley Hall claimed for minor damage to her old Toyota Corolla, her insurers said her car was a write-off and offered £40.

Lesley Hall in her L-reg Toyota Corolla: 'I know it is not worth a lot, but the money they offered would not even buy a new tyre.' Photograph: Graham Turner for the Guardian
Drivers of older cars are being advised to think carefully before they are tempted to claim on their car insurance following a minor bump. The warning comes after one London motorist had her vehicle written off following the smallest of accidents, in which just the side light on her ageing Toyota was broken.

Lesley Hall, who lives in London, was told by her insurer, Covéa, that it would send her a cheque for just £40 for her perfectly usable and very reliable L-registration Corolla, after an engineer decided it wasn't worth repairing.

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Aviva Launches Driver Behavioural App

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Aviva is encouraging safe drivers to save up to 20% on their comprehensive car insurance by using its driver behavioural app, which has launched on the Google Play app store following successful testing.

The app uses smartphone technology to record a motorist’s driving style, covering acceleration, braking and cornering.

At 200 miles, it gives an individual driving score which Aviva will then use to calculate any personalised discount the motorist has earned – amounting to up to 20% off their premium.

The insurer’s retail director, Steve Treloar, comments: “We’re really pleased with the test phase of ‘Aviva Drive’ and have been encouraged by the feedback we’ve received from motorists who used the app.”

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Future Headlights Turn Rain Invisible

headlightRain - the scourge of the night-driver! Too many times have distracting droplets proved an annoyance for those travelling our nation's roads after dark.

New technology co-developed by Intel and Carnegie Mellon University could one day change all that. I've spoken to Intel about the new tech, so hit play on the video above to find out how it works.

Instead of relying on a bog-standard bulb to beam light out over a darkened road, the futuristic setup would use something more akin to a projector.

Meanwhile a camera sits nestled beneath that projector, keeping an eye on drops of rain as they enter the headlights' beams. Information from that camera is sent to a processing unit, which identifies raindrops and makes a guess as to where each droplet is headed.

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Whiplash 'could be the new PPI' Lawyers Warn

news articleSpam texting and cold calling could explode under Government plans to force hundreds of thousands of road traffic victims into the small claims court system

The Government consultation ‘Reducing the number and cost of whiplash claims’, proposes that huge numbers of people injured in road traffic accidents will have to bring claims for compensation in a court which is designed for individuals to represent themselves rather than take legal advice.

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New Engine Sends Shock Waves Through Auto Industry

engineDespite shifting into higher gear within the consumer's green conscience, hybrid vehicles are still tethered to the gas pump via a fuel-thirsty 100-year-old invention: the internal combustion engine.

However, researchers at Michigan State University have built a prototype gasoline engine that requires no transmission, crankshaft, pistons, valves, fuel compression, cooling systems or fluids. Their so-called Wave Disk Generator could greatly improve the efficiency of gas-electric hybrid automobiles and potentially decrease auto emissions up to 90 percent when compared with conventional combustion engines.

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