In a QuickPoll™ a few months ago, I asked if you’d be willing to install a mobile device signal-blocking solution in your vehicle in return for a lower insurance premium, and about 80 percent of you said “yup.” According to an announcement from the BC Government today, we’ll be moving in that direction: in January, the province is going to test applications which perform the blocking function.
The test will involve around two hundred volunteers, whose vehicles will be equipped with hardware which communcates with smartphones and disables them when vehicle motion is detected. The media release also says that the data will be used “to improve the fairness of how insurance rates are set.” This summer, the government said that it wanted to reward drivers who voluntarily disable their phones while driving.
There’s also another test in the works, involving a Bluetooth capable scope which allows police to capture images of distracted drivers on their devices, share those images with other officers in the area, and show them to drivers as proof. That system will be trialled beginning in the spring.