• 21 Jun
    Queen’s Speech 2017: Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill

    Queen’s Speech 2017: Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill

    With a keen focus on both autonomous and electric vehicles, we watched today’s Queen Speech with interest as Her Majesty announced an Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill.

    Here are a few initial thoughts from Productiv on the potential impact of the bill:

    Autonomous Vehicles:

    It’s likely that the biggest hurdles to the adoption of autonomous vehicles will be legislative rather than technical, so it is useful that the situation regarding insurance has been clarified.

    This should help to reduce uncertainty among investors and developers of self-driving technology.

    Electric Vehicles:

    Vehicle charging infrastructure is recognised as a key driver of electric vehicle adoption, and this move will encourage those who are concerned about the availability of charge points at key locations on their journey.

    Business models will need to deliver ease of use for drivers, and incentives for providers, to ensure charging points are correctly maintained.

    What the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill covers:

    • Extends compulsory motor vehicle insurance to cover the use of automated vehicles, to ensure compensation claims continue to be paid quickly, fairly and easily, in line with longstanding insurance practice
    • Allows the government to require the installation of charge points for electric vehicles at motorway service areas and large fuel retailers, and to require a set of common technical and operational standards. This will ensure charge points are convenient to access and work seamlessly right across the UK
    • These provisions would apply to England, Wales and Scotland
    By Anand Lakhani Uncategorized
  • 08 Jun
    Insight: our top 5 takeaways from the SMMT Open Forum at Automechanika

    Insight: our top 5 takeaways from the SMMT Open Forum at Automechanika


    This week, joining over 300 automotive supply chain delegates from OEMs and tier ones, as well as small and medium sized suppliers, Productiv’s product strategy manager Tom Donnelly and head of sales & marketing Peter Needham headed to the SMMT Open Forum at Automechanika Birmingham.

    After a number of keynote presentations from senior industry figures, hearing about investment in new automotive technologies in the UK’s automotive supply chain, here are some interesting facts that Tom brought away with him:

    1. Nissan is now using second life batteries for domestic energy storage
    2. Each direct Nissan employee in the UK results in four employees in the supply chain
    3. Alan Draper, Ford Europe’s director of purchasing, told us that in London in 1903 the average speed of traffic was 8mph which is the same as it is today.
    4. Judith Richardson, Nissan Europe’s vice president of purchasing, explained how the company will use an app based on dating software to match drivers to suitable cars in their car sharing scheme in Paris – automotive can learn a great deal from other industries.
    5. This is echoed by the fact that the forum is sponsored by Ricoh; demonstrating how changes in the automotive industry are encouraging non-traditional suppliers to enter the sector.
    By Anand Lakhani Uncategorized