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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-15-2004, 11:26 PM Thread Starter
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"Aviva Canada Inc., the largest insurer of Ontario automobiles, will today unveil plans to start a pilot project in 2005 that will test how 5,000 drivers like to have their driving monitored electronically.

Those who agree to use a simple device to record their top speed, average speed, mileage, dates and time of travel will automatically receive a 5 per cent discount. Further savings of up to 20 per cent will be offered to motorists who do the least driving at the least risky times of the day and week.
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Aviva licensed the technology from Progressive Casualty Insurance, which holds a patent for its use in the United States. Progressive announced in August that it will conduct a pilot project with 5,000 drivers in Minnesota.
Progressive abandoned the idea of using global positioning systems and cellular telephone technology in order to charge clients based on where and when they drive after a trial conducted in Texas.
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Aviva will supply a simple data collection device that will be free during the trial period."

George Orwell must be turning in his grave. Do I need to spell out future ramifications?

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Perfect for my mother, not so perfect for me. Absolutely not!
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we already have on*, don't we?... think about it...



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Oh I did don't you worry. [:D] I can put on my thinfoil hat and start coming up with ideas that may or may not be constituted in the not so distant future. But people would call me names. [:(] In Ontario there is a toll highway with fully electronic collection system. It takes a picture of your rear licence plate at entering and exiting the highway. It calculates the distance between the two points, takes into consideration the time of day when the trip was made and sends you an invoice in the mail. If you don't pay your bill they will not renew your sticker. How difficult would it be to average out your speed? [:D] It is coming, mark my words!
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my father works for DOT and he actually works on remote sensors on our state's highways. you'd freak out what they can track...very interesting... most of it is designed for safety but like you elluded anything may happen...



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anybody with a ez-pass gets picked up in many areas that have nothing to do with tolls. lots of sensors in the highway, all put in by DOT's for FMVSS 121's

All new cars have the black box that tracks the use of airbags. in the case of new mb's the sensor can transmit location ostensibly for theft deterrence. so it goes...

whew, I'm going to go for a drive in my 240d. no electronics...

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