ICBC - Telematics for New Drivers Pilot
Do you have less than 5 years of driving experience and hold a BC Driver's licence? If you are interested in taking part in a driver telematics pilot project starting in the spring of 2019, ICBC would like to hear from you. They are accepting up to 7,000 volunteers to see if using telematics will make you a safer driver.
The telematics software, installed on your cell phone, combined with a small in vehicle device will monitor speed, braking, acceleration, turning and level of distracted driving. Participants will receive feedback on their driving that will allow them to improve.
This step is an expansion of a pilot conducted earlier this year that prevented participants from using their cell phone while driving.
"From our first telematics pilot earlier this year, ICBC has developed a telematics strategy to identify how the technology can be used to improve road safety and drive behavioural change among higher-risk drivers in B.C.," said Nicolas Jimenez, ICBC's president and CEO. "We heard from those pilot participants that most believed the use of telematics would make the roads safer for everyone. This is our next step in a thoughtful examination of telematics technology and how it might help to keep these drivers safer."
This will undoubtedly pave the way for insurance rates based on your driver risk as shown by continuous monitoring. Belaire Direct's Automerit is an example of this already in operation here in BC.