Young Western Sydney drivers the biggest winners in telematics trial


Young drivers under the age of 25 from Western Sydney and regional NSW will benefit the most from a NSW Government trial using cutting edge in-car technology aimed at reducing road casualties.

About 1,000 drivers will participate and be paid $100 via the NSW Green Slip Scheme, to install a telematics device in their vehicles that will be linked to their smartphones, to record and rate driver behaviour such as speed, acceleration, braking and turning.

Minister for Finance, Services and Property Victor Dominello said Telematics is like a “black box” for cars and “fit bit” for drivers that is widely used by insurance companies, particularly overseas.

“This technology has the potential to not only save lives but also reduce Green Slip prices for young drivers,” Mr Dominello said.

“Participants will be provided with feedback via their smartphones that will allow them to see how they perform and help them become safer and better drivers.”

Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said: “Last year young drivers were involved in 98 of the 158 fatal crashes on NSW roads, while young Western Sydney drivers are up to 4.5 times more likely to be involved in casualty crashes, and up to 5 times more likely to be involved in crashes resulting in serious injury.”

The State Insurance Regulatory Authority is running the six-month trial in conjunction with the NSW Centre for Road Safety. The in-car devices are being supplied by software company GOFAR.

For more information on the trial visit here.