Driving with Big Brother

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

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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.

(11) stewartinoz, July 31, 2013 11:47 PM

Monitored driving.

I drive as my conscience permits. My conscience either approves or condemns. But that is the same for living. It now seems that the internal standard is being replaced by the Almighty Dollar. No longer live to cause no offense and be at peace with all insofar as you are able. This permits enjoyable life without having to look over your shoulder. There is a little device that does it for you. What next?

(10) Gavriella, July 31, 2013 6:28 PM

Insurance does go down if you're drive carefully

This really works for me. I am on a youth insurance where my insurance goes up or down based on how I drive. As I am doing really well BH, my insurance went down by half and I'm paying much less than others my age.

(9) Alyssa, July 31, 2013 1:39 PM

Selling our souls

This is madness, selling our personal freedom for pennies.

(8) ej, July 31, 2013 1:28 PM

only one reason to create such a product - profits

Insurance created this product 1. to modify driving behaviors
2. increase their profitability by paying out less accident compensation. 3 build a profile of you, in a database, they probably share it with other companies. They will only succeed with #2, if #1 can be achieved in supremely high numbers. Its a business experiment, you're the test subject.

(7) Linda Martin, July 31, 2013 7:51 AM

Monitored driving

It is a great way for young drivers (and perhaps the very old) to be able to get insurance, which they otherwise would be denied. If it encourages them to drive responsibly and monitors their ability to do so it will keep down insurance rates for us all.

(6) Larry, July 30, 2013 1:33 PM

what a scam

The insurance companys know NO one is a perfect driver. Not even close. So, they dangle a carrot in our faces, ( lower insurnce rates ) then we to give them all the ammo they need to justify charging us higher rates. Remember were talking vechile code here not laws. mostly. In the event of an accident it could be helpful, whether personal or property. If you like that one how about an implanted chip with you history, maybe a bar code tatooed on for your safety.

(5) BK, July 29, 2013 10:01 PM

No chance

I hate to be overly cynical but my suspicion is that almost nobody (or maybe precisely nobody) gets a reduction in their insurance premium but based on driving practices they may actually get an increase. I would not participate in this.

(4) ross, July 29, 2013 2:42 PM

Great for Elul!

What a great metaphor!

My Insurance Company (with capital letters) is watching.
Don't stop short, do those mitzvahs! Don't drive reckless, think about what you're doing!

Very nice. I still don't want it.

(3) Anonymous, July 29, 2013 5:31 AM

Not only no but .... NO!

I like my privacy and the ability to go where I want when I want is important to me. Furthermore, I am not very trusting of the insurance companies.

(2) Rosen, July 28, 2013 1:17 PM

being a bad driver vs. other bad drivers

It's one thing to be a bad driver, and it's another thing when there are plenty of other bad drivers on the road as it affects higher car insurance premiums, depending on the area one drives - Miami was recently cited as having the worst drivers in America based on a study...As for a device to monitor driving behaviors, I wouldn't want such as device - ultimately, judgment is reserved for Hashem.

(1) Lisa, July 28, 2013 11:10 AM

Some people need to be watched 24/7

I'm wondering if they monitor what radio stations you listen to & to how loud!!
My car is my inner sanctum.....for now I'm the only one in the drivers seat!!


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