New 'magic box' can detect and pre-empt breakdowns

Leon Poultney
New 'magic box' can detect and pre-empt breakdowns
New 'magic box' can detect and pre-empt breakdowns

In a move that appears to go against the RAC's business model, the renowned breakdown recovery firm has released a piece of technology that aims to detect faults with vehicles before they conk out at the side of the road.

The telematics and diagnostic system dubbed the 'magic box' (real name RAC Advance) is a small, matchbox-sized device that will act as an early warning system that can connect the stricken car to the RAC's engineers who will be able to determine faults before arriving on the scene.