click here to jump to start of article
  • Torah Reading: Naso
Join Our Newsletter

Get latest articles and videos with Jewish inspiration and insights​

Driving with Big Brother

Never drive alone again. Would you let your driving habits be under constant surveillance?

Click here if you are unable to view this video.

Give Tzedakah! Help create inspiring
articles, videos and blogs featuring timeless Jewish wisdom.
The opinions expressed in the comment section are the personal views of the commenters. Comments are moderated, so please keep it civil.

Visitor Comments: 16

(16) SusanE, August 2, 2013 8:03 PM

If you have a new car............

If you have a new car, many come with factory equipped tracking systems (similar to gps) and 'black boxes' similar to airlines (speed and acceleration). They're connected to a computer and are linked to the registered owners name and work very well. Add to that , There are cameras at every intersection that are operational 24 hours a day and record every short stop and every red light run. Every accident is recorded. London's cameras have face recognition, thru the windshield and pedestrian alike. You are being watched whether you like it or not. ~~~~ Health insurance companies are on their way to not covering preventable illness if your weight isn't coming down, your cholesterol isn't coming down, your sugar isn't being regulated. If your bloodwork shows alcohol, and smoking when you professed to have quit you won't be covered.

(15) Aryeh, August 2, 2013 5:12 PM

Schwarma vs. Telematics

I'm sure that you're well aware that you get a better rate for driving certain types of cars which have better loss experience. Does that in any way limit your freedom to purchase cars which have higher costs? No.

Insurance companies are willing to go through the trouble of implementing such programs so people who drive in either a safer manner, place or time receive a discount. Nothing to do with freedom, it's just that less risky drivers deserve to pay less.

When you get that schwarma 12 at night, the insurance company is incurring a risk that they wouldn't incur if you'd stay home. Nothing oppressive about paying for that.

You're not getting the Schwarma for free, are you?

(14) Sharon, August 2, 2013 4:09 PM

not a privacy issue

This has nothing to do with big brother or privacy. It's just a question of business. The insurance company is offering reduced rates for people who are low risk. It makes business sense for them to offer this because people will have fewer accidents and they will dole out fewer dollars. In Israel there are some companies that offer a reduced rate for shabbat observers because a large percentage of accidents happen on Friday night. It's not a moral issue, it's a business issue.

(13) Mati, August 1, 2013 4:11 PM

Other tell you what is safe

So if I have a job that drive late at night, I'm a bad a bad driver? I can think of logical reasons to violate all the "priciples" of this gimic. All the lemins that use this need to realize that they are becoming like the Nazi citizens of its time.

(12) Anonymous, August 1, 2013 1:48 AM

Big brother watching you

I would not do it. Part of living in a democratic country is being able to have privacy. Once we allow insurance companies and government to monitor what we do we have given up something very precious, our freedom.

See All Comments

Submit Your Comment:

  • Display my name?

  • Your email address is kept private. Our editor needs it in case we have a question about your comment.

  • * required field 2000
Submit Comment