Government announces research into telematics
Richard King (right) at the House of Lords with Robert Goodwill, road safety MP, and Andy Watson, CEO of Ageas
ingenie talks road safety at the Houses of Parliament
Richard King, ingenie founder and CEO, spoke about young drivers in a Q&A session at the Houses of Parliament last week, for the launch of the Road Safety Foundation's annual report.
Telematics and road safety
The foundation also announced its call for a 7-year Insurance Premium Tax exemption on telematics policies for young drivers, supported by Ageas and ingenie.
Telematics was high on the agenda, and Robert Goodwill, road safety MP, confirmed that the government has now commissioned its own research into telematics.
Roads Minister Robert Goodwill said "telematics is delivering for young drivers" and commissions new research - @ingenie agrees to support— Richard King (@ingenie_Richard) November 3, 2014
The new research into telematics
The government's new research will focus on how telematics products impact the behaviour of new drivers.
Putting telematics to the test
First, the government needs to understand how telematics is affecting road safety at the moment. The next stage will be a controlled investigation of telematics products for new drivers, with one sample group given a telematics product and one used as a control.
What it means for the future of road safety
The impact of telematics observed in the study will be used to estimate how telematics could affect road safety in general if there is wider adoption.
The government's consideration of telematics means more young drivers will hear about the benefits of having a telematics insurance policy, helping them make an informed choice about their driving future.
Safer roads for everyone
If the research shows the strong positive impact that telematics can have on driver behaviour, the increase in young drivers choosing products like ingenie's black box could be the biggest move in road safety since seatbelt legislation.