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Black Boxes to be compulsory in new cars from March 2018

  • Author:kantar
  • Source:www.tigloncn.com
  • Release on :2015-07-11
Black Boxes to be compulsory in new cars from March 2018.Recording devices, known as telematics similar to the black boxes on aeroplanes will be fitted as standard on new cars from March 2018 under EU regulations.
eCall System
The system known as ‘eCall’ system was originally designed to help emergency services
find crashed vehicles. The technology transmits the car’s location to emergency services
if the car is involved in a crash. This will speed up the response time of the emergency services.
If the motorist is involved in a crash, he/she can press the SOS button near the dashboard to call 999.  If the car’s airbags are deployed the car will send a text message to the emergency services
with the car’s location and vehicle ID number.
According to recent statistics, 25,700 people were killed in road accidents in the European Union in 2014. However, the European Commission estimates the emergency service response time will be halved with the black boxes.
Telematics Device
The telematics device will be able to track your car’s speed, braking, cornering, timing and acceleration.This data will be used by car insurers to offer discounts for safe drivers.The black box insurance has been used by car insurance companies as well as installed in learner drivers
and newly qualified drivers to offer discounts on insurance. Recently LexisNexis found that 36% of drivers would actually change car insurers to receive a 10% discount.
It won’t be compulsory to have the telematics car device linked to the insurance.
However, motorists could face higher premiums if they don’t want the telematics insurance.
The Government believes the gadget will add approximately £100 to the cost of a car.
Critics fear that the device will be used by the police or insurance companies to monitor
the motorist’s movements. The telematics device could result in privacy issues as the motorist will be unable to switch the device off.
Research suggests that half of all cars will be fitted with the devices by 2020.
According to ABI research, the number of insurance telematic users in Europe will increase to 44 million in 2017.
The EU Parliament voted it in favour in the draft EU rules on Tuesday and the rules are due to become law after a full European Parliament in April.
The UK Government has previously said the costs would outweigh the benefits, whereas the AA supported the decision and stated that the black boxes will save lives.
Some leading car manufacturers such as Volvo already have eCall devices in their latest models,
however voluntary subscriptions have been low.
Updated: A previous version of this article reported that the black boxes would be made compulsory from October 2015 as this was the preliminary date reported by news sources.
This has now been updated to reflect the new EU plans.