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Supporting BEN: running the marathon

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IMI staff are taking on the #BringItOn4Ben challenge to help raise money for the industry’s charity

IMI staff are taking on the #BringItOn4Ben challenge to help raise money for the industry’s charity

We all need a little help every now and again, and when in things get tough industry charity BEN is there to offer assistance and help. But no charity can exist without the help of donations.

That’s why this year three brave members of the IMI staff are taking on the Virgin London Marathon as part of the #BringItOn4Ben campaign.

IMI Chief Financial Officer Simon James, Stephen Keem and Barry Williams from the Members and Product Services department, will be pounding London’s roads for 26.2 miles to help raise funds for the charity.

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Fri, 02/21/2020
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Five things you didn't know about the IMI

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It’s the IMI’s centenary, but here are five facts you may not know about the institute

It’s the IMI’s centenary, but here are five facts you may not know about the institute

The IMI celebrates its centenary this year, and its history has been as varied, challenging and diverse as the industry as a whole. But while you may know some things about the institute, here are five facts that you may not be as familiar with:

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Mon, 02/10/2020
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Q&A: Steve Nash, IMI CEO

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The IMI’s CEO takes a grilling from the industry’s young stars on the future of automotive

The IMI’s CEO takes a grilling from the industry’s young stars on the future of automotive

Where do you predict the motor industry will be in 20 years’ time?

Ben Eaton: Composite Paint Technician at Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1

We’re heading towards a zero-emission future; that’s already baked into vehicle manufacturers’ product plans. What’s more of an open question is whether it will be battery-electric vehicles or hydrogen fuel cell technology. The second part of that future is the concept of mobility as a service.

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Fri, 02/07/2020
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Make the next generation love automotive

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Customers are constantly demanding more from the industry, here’s how to get ahead of the curve with fresh talent

Customers are constantly demanding more from the industry, here’s how to get ahead of the curve with fresh talent

It’s no longer just about getting from A to B. Instead, vehicles are powerful digital devices, and consumers increasingly expect their highly personalised cars to suit their always-on lifestyles. Likewise, as manufacturers try to keep up with the latest environmental and technological developments, it’s critical that the industry attracts a new pool of talent to manage the inevitable servicing and repairs of these high-tech vehicles.

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Thu, 02/06/2020
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Industry impact: EV volume growth

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Electrified vehicles are the future, but how quickly will their market share grow

Electrified vehicles are the future, but how quickly will their market share grow

The electric car is meant to be the technology that will wean us off the combustion engine and help reduce our impact on the environment, but how much impact are EVs having on the UK market?

Carbon emissions targets soon to be set by Europe may be impossible to hit due to limited electric vehicle production, according to research by Cap HPI. The data, revealed at the Vehicle Remarketing Association 2020 Vision conference at the end of last year, showed a higher proportion of electric and hybrid cars were needed to be sold to hit new CO2 targets than were likely to be produced.

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Mon, 01/20/2020
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Making sense of connected car data

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The vehicles we drive are providing huge amounts of information, bringing data management challenges to the fore. LexisNexis Risk Solutions’ Paul Stacey looks at the challenges and benefits of this new world

The vehicles we drive are providing huge amounts of information, bringing data management challenges to the fore. LexisNexis Risk Solutions’ Paul Stacey looks at the challenges and benefits of this new world

Connectivity from cars is moving at a rapid pace and in many cases driven by Ecall, the advance of ADAS capabilities and the UK’s first level three semi-autonomous car has hit the roads.  At the heart of these developments and the future development of semi- and fully automated vehicles is data – masses of it.

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Fri, 01/17/2020
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How video games shape the cars we drive

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With the feedback of millions of gamers, the virtual world is becoming an essential tool for car manufacturers to test the vehicles of the future

With the feedback of millions of gamers, the virtual world is becoming an essential tool for car manufacturers to test the vehicles of the future

The modern racing video game is a marvel, offering realistic graphics and physics, meaning real cars can be replicated in an authentic virtual form. For gamers, this gives the opportunity to own and drive exclusive, expensive, and rare cars they might never get the chance to try in the real world. Who doesn’t want to take a Bugatti Chiron around the Nürburgring Nordschleife?

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Mon, 12/23/2019
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(Wheel) size matters

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IMI member Hayley Pells ponders if we’ve reached the limit for rim size

IMI member Hayley Pells ponders if we’ve reached the limit for rim size

I must admit, when Audi design boss Marc Lichte announced that the marque had gone as far as it could with rim diameter, I breathed a huge sigh of relief. Not only are these oversized rims a pain within the workshop, they are a pain to live with too.

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Mon, 12/16/2019
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Lithium pioneers and stop-start solutions

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Lithium-ion battery-powered EVs could one day replace traditional vehicles, but the technology has other, more immediate, impacts on the motor trade

Lithium-ion battery-powered EVs could one day replace traditional vehicles, but the technology has other, more immediate, impacts on the motor trade

Lithium-ion technology is the go to technology for the automotive sector, and for good reason. In 2019 the brains behind lithium-ion power were finally awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry.

It was long-overdue recognition for the game-changing work of John Goodenough, Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino in the 1970s and early ‘80s, which enabled everything from the mobile phone to the modern electric car.

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Wed, 12/11/2019
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In the cloud: Over-the-air repairs

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As vehicles become more digitised, over-the-air updates and repairs will become more commonplace, but is the industry ready?

As vehicles become more digitised, over-the-air updates and repairs will become more commonplace, but is the industry ready?

Of all the automotive megatrends, the fastest-moving yet most underreported is over-the-air (OTA) repairs. Imagine no longer having to take a vehicle to a garage or dealership but simply being able to download updates directly to your vehicle, just as you’d upgrade programmes on your computer, tablet or phone.

The technology, most often highlighted by Tesla, is becoming more widespread with both suppliers and vehicle manufacturers looking to integrate it into the cars on our roads.

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Fri, 11/15/2019
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