Big Brother in­side lit­tle black box

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE -

TELEM­AT­ICS may well prove to be the 21st cen­tury’s au­to­mo­tive Big Brother, track­ing ev­ery move whether we like it or not.

Ev­ery­thing from driv­ing speed to fuel per­for­mance can be tracked with telem­at­ics and some com­pa­nies are us­ing it as a means of re­duc­ing insurance premi­ums.

The GPS in the lit­tle black telem­at­ics box en­ables in­sur­ers to track your ve­hi­cle’s move­ments and as­sess your driv­ing abil­ity – ac­cel­er­a­tion, brak­ing and cor­ner­ing can all be mon­i­tored. On the plus side, hav­ing that lit­tle black box in the car adds an an­titheft track­ing de­vice.

There are telem­at­ics smart­phone apps that can col­lect driver data and re­duce insurance costs. Some al­low data to be col­lected with­out the need for a black box to be in­stalled.

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