The DfT has commissioned research into the effect that telematics can have on novice drivers and the consequential impact on road safety.
Earlier this year the Government ruled out publishing a green paper on young driver safety until it has more research into how telematics can improve driving behaviours.
The primary objective of the study is to “estimate the impact of the use of telematics products on the driving behaviour and safety of those using them”. This will then be used as the basis for “quantitatively estimating the possible impact of the wider adoption of such devices on the wider population”.
The main element of the research is expected to centre on a comparative analysis of the insurance claim data of two groups of novice drivers who passed their driving test less than two years ago. One group will have a telematics product and the other will constitute the control group of novice drivers who have never used a telematics product.
The project will commence with a three-stage scoping phase: a review of the existing evidence on the impact of telematics on accident reduction; establishing what UK insurance claims data is available and considering how best this data can be used to estimate the likely reduction in road traffic accidents which may result from the wider adoption of telematics products; and developing a methodology for using this data to create an experimental sample of telematics users and a matched sample of non-telematics users.
The DfT intends to commence the project in December 2014.