It’s a good thing ! The ultimate car technology enabled driver safety feature is here. GPS has been used in fleet vehicles for 20 years and has been proven to increase operational efficiency and improve both driver behaviour and driver safety. And it’s certainly been one contributing factor to the steady reduction in car accidents and collision claims – great news for insurance companies, extremely bad news for the collision repair sector!
Now GPS is about to enable a quantum leap in car accident response, and this could again impact on the collision repair supply chain. European car brands have experimented with ‘connectivity’ for more than a decade but the technology is now so commoditised that it’s becoming mainstream. This means that impact sensors and alerts can be GPS/internet linked and automated messages triggered to virtually any nominated party – from Fleet Services Managers to emergency services (Police, ambulance, towing firms) – including Crash Management of course.
Potentially this could disintermediate insurers to some degree – this would significantly alter the current balance of power enjoyed by insurance companies, as well as improving emergency response times and saving lives. With 300 kiwis killed in car crashes already in 2015, the technology can’t get here fast enough. Drive carefully this summer New Zealand, saving 5 minutes getting to the beach is not worth the risk of a car accident, or another car insurance claim, or the potential to injure yourself or others.