British lawmakers could soon make it compulsory for manufacturers to install vehicle tracking systems in all new cars, mercor.org reports.
Considerations are currently being held to follow Italy's lead, which recently announced it would be fitting all new cars with such tracking equipment to help drive down fraudulent whiplash claims.
Telematics equipment records and stores information on not only speed but a vehicle's whereabouts and even fuel efficiency. This, along with training programs, can be used to better efficiency and help train drivers more effectively. Such tracking devices are also used for security purposes to help those who fall victim to theft trace their car's location.
The latest calls, however, have focused more on the insurance aspect of such tracking devices as they would be able to prove once and for all whether claims were false or accurate. Speeds and directions could also be considered, with the view to potentially limit the high number of whiplash claims for any vehicles travelling under a certain speed at the time of impact.
It could also prove to be a boost for motorists, especially younger drivers, as owning a box could make the painful process of insuring a car without having had the chance to build a no claims bonus significantly easier.
Whilst the government has acknowledged that such considerations are already taking place, roads safety minister Stephen Hammond claimed that motorists may still have to wait before such legislation is introduced.
"The department continues to work with the insurance industry on the roll out of telematics products, which offer the potential to reward safe driver behaviour and penalise financially those who do not drive safely," he told fleetnews.co.uk.