I’ve always thought that when my kids get to drive I want to buy some system to install in the car’s computer that will give me a readout of how they drove when I ask it. How fast they accelerated, revved the engine etc. I’ve been surprised not to see anything like this marketed as it shouldn’t cost much to produce – the computers are in the cars so you need a USB port to extract data from the car and some software development.
Anyway, something probably better is on the way. From the WSJ:
Mougin, 18 years old, has been participating in a University of Iowa study to see whether the device and the data it provides can help improve teen driving. The camera, attached to the rear-view mirror, has one lens facing the road and another aimed at the driver. It runs constantly, and slips into recording mode if, for example, the car accelerates rapidly or brakes suddenly. It then preserves about 10 seconds before and after the event that triggered it.
“You don’t want to set it off,” Mougin says. After 10 months of taking part in the study, he says, “I know I’m a safer driver.”
Starting Thursday, American Family Mutual Insurance Co., the nation’s 10th largest car insurer, will offer some of its customers the same system, known as DriveCam, in an effort to improve driving behavior among teens, a population that is particularly at risk on the roads. More teenagers die in car crashes than from any other single cause.
It’s all good.