Round-Up: AA to launch smart breakdown service, New dashcam app, Limited-edition X-Class

AA to launch smart breakdown service

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The AA is to launch a smart breakdown service by the end of the year, the firm announced.

According to the roadside assistance giant, the new service will prevent, predict and report breakdowns on the move, by using a small plug-in device fitted in the member’s car which transmits fault information to the AA and then notifies the member.

The AA said it will be able to alert customers when they need to take remedial action therefore preventing a breakdown.

The AA added the new service will be available to customers for an additional £5 per month or £49 per year.

New dashcam app released

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Auto Logistic Solutions has launched a dashcam smartphone app for Ios and Android devices.

Designed to work when the smartphone is mounted in a forward-facing position when driving, the company said its app is unique because in the event of an accident, the driver’s phone will automatically notify a support centre, providing instant video footage.

A member of the team will then call the driver and “guide them through the post-accident process” while also alerting the emergency services if needed.

Limited-edition X-Class launched

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Mercedes-Benz Vans has launched a limited-edition version of its X-Class pick-up.

Called the Element Edition, the model is based on the Progressive trim level and adds the  Comfort Pack (which includes leather upholstery), 19-inch alloys, the  Style Pack (which adds LED headlights with LED daytime running lights,  privacy glass, running boards and roof rails), a special edition livery, a load bed liner with the option for a roll cover and comes in a choice of Chisana White solid paint, Diamond Silver and Kabara Black metallic paints.

The variant uses the firm’s 250d 4Matic powertrain and is available now, priced at £459 per month on contract hire.