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Motorists in Britain will be forced to have spy in the car technology which will track their speeds and other driving habits or face sky high insurance premiums.
The devices, similar to the black boxes on aeroplanes, will be fitted as standard on all new cars under EU regulations from October next year. The so-called “telematics” technology will enable insurers to keep track of how fast their customers drive, how hard they brake and how many journeys a year they undertake.
If they refuse to take part, drivers will face huge increases in their annual insurance premiums. Research by the industry predicts that about half of all cars – including used vehicles – will be fitted with the spying devices by 2020.
According to the Mirror the device was originally invented to help the emergency services track down crashed vehicles.