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SMART Highways issue 2 out now

Te Autumn issue of SMART Highways, H3B Media and Alad’s joint venture publication focusing on the UK’s ITS sector, is out now. UK readers can reg- ister for their copy while readers from outside the UK can access the online issue at

ITS News from Europe, Asia, Pacific Rim, Africa and South & Central America AUSTRALIA

‘Big brother’ insurance on the way

Australian drivers could soon have black box devices fitted to their cars in order to save money through “big brother” insurance schemes. Touted as the next big thing

for the insurance industry and a potential silver bullet for road safety, in-car telematics sees sophisticated sensors measure driver behaviour. Te systems then transmit data

to insurance companies, which calculate individual insurance policies based on speed, braking and cornering forces as well as driving times and locations. Insurance specialists AI says it

will be the first to offer telematic insurance in Australia, with policies set to go on sale from 1 November. Its parent company offers similar services in South Africa. Roland Lange, chief execu-


Nissan helping Beijing to ease world’s worst commute

Beijing, once voted the city with the world’s most oner- ous commute, is getting help from a car maker to ease its traffic jams reports Bloomb- Nissan Motor Co. jointly

developed a real-time traffic information system with the Chinese capital that provides motorists the fastest route to their destinations, based on road conditions provided by the city’s traffic information centre. Te suggested shortcuts

are delivered through a dashboard-mounted device similar to a global position-

ing system. Projections by the com-

pany show a 10 percent increase in average vehicle speeds from using the system and a corresponding drop in energy consumption and carbon emissions if the same proportion of vehicles use the system, the Yokohama, Japan-based car maker said in a release this week. “We’re still exploring ways

on how to commercialise the devices,” Tetsuo Hasegawa, Nissan’s global manager for environmental and safety technologies, said in a brief- ing in Beijing.

Europe/Rest of the World Vol 8 No 3 EUROPE

Mediamobile announces new European RDS-TMC offering

Mediamobile, a provider of broad- cast traffic information in Europe and operator of V-Traffic services, this week announced a new European RDS-TMC offering for automakers and OEMs. Te mass-market adoption of fac-

tory-fitted navigation systems has raised customer expectations for easy-access, real-time traffic information. Yet most equipment available on the European market only offers traffic information services for one or at best a handful of countries. Mediamobile and partners have responded to this demand by launching a V-Traffic RDS-TMC service for Europe with the broadest coverage currently available, including 19 coun- tries within the same offering. Mediamobile’s new V-Traffic offering

has been developed in partnership with four major European traffic information providers – Be-Mobile, Trafficmaster, Infoblu and TrafficNav – and provides reliable information across 19 countries populated by over 420m Europeans. Te countries include: Belgium, Bul- garia, Croatia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Sweden, Turkey and the United Kingdom. By supplementing the new V-Traffic

service with existing public services in Austria, Denmark, Germany, Switzer- land and Spain, motorists can enjoy uninterrupted RDS-TMC traffic infor- mation in 25 EU countries from the North Sea to the Mediterranean.


tive of AI Insurance, says buyers saved money by proving they were not a significant risk to insurers. “Tis is a chance for discern-

ing drivers to separate them- selves from other drivers.” Lange said the scheme would not suit all drivers, and that ‘big brother’ perceptions surrounding the technology “has always been a big issue”. Telematic insurance could also

come into the sights of safety experts looking to reduce the road toll. Richard Tooth, presi- dent of the NSW branch of the economic society of Australia, said current insurance structures were “equivalent to a tax on safe road users and a subsidy for the unsafe”, and that there could be an insurance-based approach to road safety. “In the UK it’s just taking off

with the telematics and that is enabling people to demonstrate that they are good drivers and get very large benefits in terms of paying lower premiums,” Tooth said. “Te key question is does this change behaviour? “Te lim- ited amount of evidence there is suggests very much so.” Australian Privacy Com-

missioner Tim Pilgrim says telematic insurance would need to operate in accordance with the Privacy Act. “Tis means that organisa-

tions must be transparent about the type of personal information that would be collected and give individuals the ability to make an informed choice,” he says. “Organisations need to explain how personal information would be used and stored and how peo- ple can access the information collected about them.”

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