TomTom Satnavs To Set Insurance Prices: nk497 writes “TomTom has signed a deal with an insurance firm that will see its satnavs used to monitor drivers. Fair Pay Insurance, part of Motaquote, will use monitoring systems built into the TomTom PRO 3100 to watch for sharp braking and badly managed turns, rewarding ‘good’ drivers with lower premiums and warning less skilled motorists when they aren’t driving as they should. ‘We’ve dispensed with generalization’s and said to our customers, if you believe you’re a good driver, we’ll believe you and we’ll even give you the benefit up front,’ said Nigel Lombard of Fair Pay Insurance.”
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Over the past several years I have developed some fairly strong anachronistic views on the overuse of technology, with GPSes being one in particular. Given, I own hiking and auto GPSes, I find them no substitute for actual navigational and geo-positional savvy (i.e. knowing where you are, where you want to go, and how to get there). I prefer paper maps, and given the subject of the post below, they have a very strong characteristic in their favor: THEY CAN’T TELL ON YOU.