The AA is set to launch a new insurance policy which uses ‘black box’ technology to track driver performance and set premiums (BBC News).
A small black box in the car records how it is being driven. The measures include monitoring speed, braking severity, cornering and the types of roads used during certain times of day.
This information is transmitted remotely to the insurer, and can also be accessed by the driver via a website which gives information on overall performance, warning them if they are likely to be moved to a higher premium.
The AA says that the ‘pay-how-you-drive’ system, which is aimed primarily at young drivers, could reduce the cost of insurance by up to £850 per year.
Ian Crowder, AA spokesman, said: “The reports are pretty detailed. The point is that these sorts of devices firmly put in the hands of the driver a responsibility for driving safely. It makes you think.”
Mr Crowder said the information could also be used to prove who was at fault in an accident, but such detailed information would only be disclosed with a court order.
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