Black boxes to be fitted on all new cars
The telematics technology will be able to monitor a driver’s behaviour and will become a key feature on all new cars from next October.
Drivers who opt to have a black box on their car will see their car insurance premiums decrease, as an incentive to encourage more motorists to use the technology.
Although it’s not compulsory to have a black box, drivers who don’t have one could be paying a lot more for their annual insurance.
Experts predict that about half of all vehicles will have a black box by 2020.
Chief insurer of the Ageas Group, Andy Watson said: “The ability to have telematics will become mainstream because the technology will be in the car. It means the amount of data available to insurers increases dramatically.”
Originally, black boxes were introduced to help the emergency services trace car accidents more effectively.
In response to the new EU regulations, breakdown provider RAC believes that the introduction of black boxes was inevitable.
Pete Williams, from the RAC added: “For the vast majority it will be a good thing with regard to things like safety and vehicle recovery.”
The Department of Transport are also in support of the idea, saying: “We want to see how effective it can be in improving driver behaviour and reducing accident risk.”
Source: Daily Record