ICBC - TechPilot Project
Would you volunteer to have your driving monitored all the time that you are behind the wheel in order to benefit from reduced insurance rates? Driver telematics are becoming a common way for insurance companies to assess a driver's crash risk and help set rates that are appropriate for that risk level.
Drivers can also learn from using telematics feedback and choose to reduce the risk that they present. We would all benefit from reduced risk of a crash.
ICBC is working with a group of new drivers in the Graduated Licensing Program using a telematics system supplied by Octo. Drivers in the pilot earn rewards for demonstrating safe driving behaviour. The goal is to see if telematics will create a positive driving attitude and reduce crashes.
An outcome evaluation of the project was published in February 2022. The document's conclusion includes:
The overall findings gathered from Techpilot suggest, that telematics use had a positive influence on the driving behaviour of new drivers. Improvements in driving behaviour were observed across all behaviour event types (rapid acceleration, harsh deceleration, hard cornering and speeding) and for the most part sustained over the pilot term. Except for hard cornering, these changes were statistically significant, p <0.05. Such improvements however, were not shown to reduce crash frequency or rates among those using telematics. The behaviour effect size along with limitations imposed by the data are considered factors.
B.C. driver's attitude toward speed was highlighted as well:
One finding of concern is that participants shared some norms and attitudes about speeding in British Columbia, and the negative impact it had on their own driving habits. They noted the unwritten rule of speeding, its acceptability and the pressure they felt to conform — based on expectations from other drivers and, sometimes, even their own passengers.