App to reduce car insurance claims?
A new app developed at the University of Bologna in Italy could help to significantly reduce the number of claims made on car insurance policies as a result of pile-ups on motorways.
The software enables drivers to notify one another if there is an accident in their vicinity.
It works using an onboard sensor that recognises movements and vehicle speed changes unique to a crash and then automatically relays it to nearby cars, which pass the message on to drivers further behind.
Simulations using the program found that the number of multi-car pile-ups that occurred when drivers were using the software declined by as much as 40 per cent.
Road tests are set to get underway in the coming months and Toyota is already on board to work on the hardware required for the system.
Last month, the manufacturer called on the government to abolish luxury car tax, a move that might increase the number of people looking for car insurance for expensive vehicles if the authorities accede.