Concept Puts The Car In Control
Toyota has developed a concept car called the Sportivo, which would require the driver to insert their driver’s license into a slot to read their driving record.
The system can employ automated controls to adjust engine performance for those with bad driving records.
Studies, such as one sponsored by the Georgia Institute of Technology to monitor driving habits via the global positioning system (GPL), could be both beneficial and detrimental to drivers.
The intention of the institute was to give insurance companies more knowledge of drivers’ yearly mileage and driving habits that would hopefully lower rates. However, GPS tracking projects such as these could result in some drivers paying higher rates if monitoring showed dangerous driving habits.
Abstracted by the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center(NLECTC) from the Washington Times (03/18/04) P. C10; Reed, Fred .