Telematics and Vehicle Safety
Submission Date: May 10, 2018 Journal
Suggested Citation: Paine, M. (2018). Telematics and Vehicle Safety. Journal of the Australasian College of Road Safety, 29(2), 46-49.
Recent developments in telematics technology provide the opportunity to improve driver behaviour by rewarding good driving. Vehicle insurance companies in Europe and North America have successfully introduced pay-how-you-drive (PHYD) insurance policies where the driver agrees to have a telematics device installed in their vehicle in return for substantial reductions in insurance premiums. This paper describes recent developments with in-vehicle telematics, including incentives to encourage drivers to reduce risky driving behaviour. The potential road safety benefits are examined and some implementation issues are addressed. In-vehicle telematics is considered to be a promising vehicle safety technology, which can be easily retrofitted to existing vehicles.