From safety to crime prevention

Developments in electronic systems to improve vehicle safety in the UK are discussed. The number of car thefts has been reduced significantly by a combination of body design and highly effective engine immobilisers. The Ecall system, a wireless system to be introduced in all new cars by 2009, is automatically or manually triggered in the event of an accident, alerting the emergency services to the exact location of the vehicle. Government agencies are looking at how wireless technology can be used to support government initiatives aimed at reducing congestion. Future changes to vehicle tax and VAT on fuel could all be dependent on wireless and satellite technology. Navigation systems based on global positioning system (GPS) or General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) technology are becoming common. GPS has been used by a leading insurer in its new Pay-as-you-Drive scheme designed to reflect car usage. GPS and GPRS technology can also be used to track stolen vehicles. The civil liberty issues associated with the mass deployment of such systems are discussed.


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  • Accession Number: 01050777
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Jun 5 2007 12:10AM