The NSW Government will undertake an innovative trial with in-car technology to be installed in cars of young drivers to help reduce road casualties across the state.

The telematics trial will include up to 1000 drivers under the age of 25 and run for six months, with participants receiving $100 via the NSW Green Slip scheme.

Telematics, which is like a “black box” for cars, is widely used internationally in the motor vehicle insurance industry to record and rate driver behaviour, such as speed, acceleration, braking and turning.

NSW Minister for Finance, Services and Property, Victor Dominello, said the deployment of telematics technology via the CTP insurance scheme could help to improve road crash rates among young drivers.

“The research shows that drivers who use telematics become safer and better able to adapt to changing driving conditions as a result of the real-time feedback,” Mr Dominello said.

“We want the NSW CTP scheme to be cutting edge and this technology has the potential to reduce Green Slips for young drivers. Most importantly, this technology has the potential to save lives.”

Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Melinda Pavey, said, “Western Sydney drivers under 25 years are up to 4.5 times more likely to be involved in casualty crashes, and up to five times more likely to be involved in crashes resulting in serious injury or fatality.”

The trial will begin in the second half of 2018, and an expressions of interest process will be held to identify the type of technology to be used. A partial payment will be made at the beginning of the trial, with the remainder paid on successful completion of the trial. 

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