In the current historical context and referring to vehicle crime, the modus operandi of criminal organisations has evolved in these recent years. Since most of the vehicles are equipped with security features, new worrying methods such as car jacking and home jacking are becoming more and more common.
Furthermore, although the overall number of thefts is decreasing mainly in Western Europe, the incidence of organised international vehicle crime trafficking and the number of not recovered cars is on the increase.
According to Europol, a theft of 1 top of the range car can generate a net profit of 15,000 €. It is estimated that 450,000 stolen vehicles are trafficked from the European Union annually. Taking into account the disappearance of about 450,000 cars in 2005 with an average value of 15,000 €, the criminal profit is estimated at 6.75 billion €.
Attending the most important motor shows taking place in Frankfurt, Milan, Paris and Shanghai, Cobra confirms its ability to reduce the criminal profit to the advantage of drivers, insurance and leasing companies.
Cobra has developed solutions and services for managing critical events based on GSM, GPS and Internet technologies. The remote connection with the vehicle , in real-time, offers the opportunity to develop customized security services based on customer’s needs, and allows the recovery of the vehicle all over Europe.
The system is equipped with a user friendly interface, reliable in its functionalities. The complex infrastructure is supported by high-level technological partners. In order to realize this project and to significantly extend her competence, Cobra has settled a working group at Sophia Antipolis, the French telecom village, establishing the company Nexo SA.
CobraConnex is the name of the geolocalization system by Cobra, listed in the stringent Cat 5 of Thatcham, the British independent research centre, internationally leading for the definition of criteria and rules for the production and the use of vehicle security systems.
Up to June the 30th 2007, the number of cumulated subscribers has exceeded 106 thousand, also thanks to the acquisition of leading European companies managing location based services.
In 2005 Porsche AG has chosen Cobra Automotive Technologies to launch a pan-European programme for a vehicle tracking system as a security solution for her customers. Monitoring and recovering will be services extended up to 28 countries. Thanks to this choice Porsche and the olther aims to drastically reduce risks on all its circulating cars.
Porsche’s choice and has been followed at a local level by other leading vehicle manufacturers like Audi, Bentley, Ferrari, Ford, Hummer, Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan and Renault .
Cobra is also the European leader in offering electronical solutions for the protection of vehicles. In the last two years Cobra has designed a new generation of anti-theft systems that interact with the on-board electronics, having increased the reliability of the systems and made the fitting easier.
The first aim of these solutions is to avoid damaging the bumper and therefore reduce the high repairing costs of the car body, though they also prevent accidents that can have extremely serious consequences. A research in the United States reports about these facts. Janette E. Fennell, Founder & President of Kids And Cars has recently declared that in the US, in the years 2002 – 2006, 49.6% of children injured in non crash accidents were backed over and deadly injured, often by a relative in their own driveway, and often by a larger vehicle such as a van, SUV or pickup truck while reversing.
For Cobra Automotive Technologies, to innovate means to look for solutions aimed at creating value for her customers. This base puts Cobra as a partner at a global level for those who are looking for security and protection of cars and people.