As we ring in the New Year with Spring on our minds and we hope for the best, Brexit notwithstanding, our thoughts might turn to buying a car and fortunately you’ve come to the right place. Now might be the time to test drive a quality used car of your choice before the EU have their way and insist on installing, at some point in the future, black box style regulating software as a mandatory feature of all new vehicles built in the near future.
Telematics and on-board diagnostics in cars is nothing new; often newly qualified drivers agree to having a black box fitted to monitor their driving. This is however for the purpose for getting lower car insurance quicker by demonstrating a good and legal standard of driving. This new idea, and it is just a talking point for now, is to install vehicle tracking and remote regulating software in all new cars bought in the European Union.
How car buyers will feel about this is the question. Some might say that ‘if you do nothing wrong then there is nothing to worry about’. Others will describe the technology as ‘a spy in the car’. That’s a personal decision, but is there a case for it?
The thinking is that any new car can be monitored and, in the event of a crash, the onboard computer can be consulted to determine the speed at which the car was travelling, the point at which the brakes were applied and also which safety features operating at the time of the crash. This might highlight a dangerous driver for example, who has switched off the car’s traction control.
This is clearly illegal and not something drivers should be doing but what if all cars were fitted with speed assistance technology as a legal requirement that will at the very least tell the driver what the prevailing speed limit is for the specific road they are driving on? Many cars already have speed limit recognition technology, which is fine, but how will drivers feel if it is mandatory and their driving is thus potentially constantly monitored?
Should this EU mandate push through it is likely to include the mandatory fitting of autonomous emergency braking systems which can detect imminent impacts and apply the brakes, lane keeping assistance and driver fatigue technology. Many cars already have at least some of these items and it makes perfect sense. There’s also the suggestion that drink/drive sensors could be installed that by various means can tell if the person behind the wheel is over the limit. Few can object to this sort of safety technology. Some UK police forces are trialling the in-car breathalyser right now on repeat offenders. Every sensible driver wants safer roads so are we, as car owners, prepared to accept this by regulation or should it be our decision?
Fortunately, mandatory telematics is not an issue yet and we can concentrate our mind on the cars of today. When it comes to road safety, one thing buyers can rely on is that is all the motors on sale
here at eCars247 are fully AA inspected
and have no questionable history.