Wednesday 20 February 2013

Blethers - Technology overload

Where will it all end? Citroën has announced that it will be the first manufacturer to offer a ‘black box’ fitted as standard on a new car.

Aimed primarily at younger drivers its C1 Connexion special edition will have a telematics ‘black box’ as standard with a Smartnav system. Provided by Trafficmaster, this will allow Citroën to offer free insurance for the first year of ownership to all eligible drivers from 19 - 75 years of age when the car is funded with the company's own finance scheme.

The Citroën insurance included in this offer is free for qualifying young drivers subject to two years No Claims Discount (NCD). Thanks to the fitment of the telematics unit, heavily discounted cover will be offered to drivers with zero or just one year’s NCD. For example a 19 year old with no NCD can insure a new C1 Connexion with Citroën Insurance for just £950.

This attractive offer is bound to appeal to youngsters desperate to get behind the wheel, but what next? Ford has already revealed details of its MyKey system which allows parents to restrict the top speed, constrain the driving range of the vehicle and limit the audio level of the car’s audio system.

With the ability to track mobile phones, credit card payments and record movements on CCTV cameras, today’s youngsters are every bit as restricted as a young offender with an ankle bracelet.

And there’s more. Tracker, the fleet telematics expert, has joined forces with Red Forge, the On-Board Weighing system specialist which can provide vehicle owners with optional weight alerts should the vehicle be overloaded.

Just how will students get home from T in the Park?

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