News Roundup - October .
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In news that could affect up to ten million drivers here in the UK, it’s been revealed by The Telegraph that insurers have admitted that “black box” tracking devices may be handed over to the police and used against the drivers. Equally disturbing is the disclosure that insurers may use the record of driving habits to increase premiums rather than cut them at renewal. With so many new car automatically fitted with tracking devices nowadays, we’re sure to be hearing more on this subject in the future. Watch this space!
Moving on, the Road Safety Foundation is advocating a reduction on premium taxes on telematics backed motor insurance policies for young drivers. It’s been discovered that telematics based insurance products can enhance the safety of younger drivers by combining the financial incentive with practical feedback on their driving behaviour.
Supporting the increase in telematics, it was recently reported that a massive 27% of UK businesses use telematics to monitor driver behaviour in their company vehicles. This bodes well for the telematics industry in general which is set to grow rapidly in coming years as new technology is developed to offer reliable and cost efficient solutions. The benefits to business are just beginning and telematics is set to take the country by storm in the future.
This is corroborated in further news reports that reveal that more than two thirds of drivers in Britain are happy to have telematics installed in their vehicles. However, those who voiced their concerns stressed the “Big Brother” factor, claiming that the concept of telematics solely being used as vehicle tracking technology is an outdated one. More emphasis is necessary to highlight the safety and efficiency benefits and industry leaders would do well to take not of feedback on data privacy.
A recent survey of fleet companies revealed that 42% experience problems with their drivers turning up at the wrong address or having two mobile workers arriving at the same time. This is surprising considering the technology available nowadays to prevent this type of costly mistake. Poor communication was partly to blame as most companies tend to communicate with their drivers by text or phone, rather than using the driver’s sat nav device to pass on information. This figures demonstrate just how essential it is for UK businesses to ensure that telematics systems are fully integrated with scheduling and routing software to provide smart itineraries that can be altered in real time.