GPS systems may penalise drivers

Insurance companies are starting to use global positioning system (GPS) technology to monitor the performance of motorists.

The main purpose of deploying this equipment is to reward responsible motorists with lower car insurance premiums.

Insurers can get a better idea of when and where people are driving and can also use the satellite systems to assess their performance behind the wheel.

With the overall cost of vehicle ownership so high, this sounds like a great idea – but there are drawbacks.

According to freelance motoring journalist Carlton Boyce, GPS technology can just as easily be used to punish drivers as reward them.

He fears that people could have their insurance polices ripped up if they make just one mistake. Indeed, with GPS there really is no hiding place.

"It doesn't take a huge leap of imagination to envisage a situation whereby a momentary lapse in concentration could lead to a driver not having insurance cover," Mr Boyce remarked.

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