A Benefit Or Big Brother? NYC Unveils Pilot Program To Track Driving Habits

by CBSNewYork  |  published on September 5, 2015

NEW YORK — It’s a new city pilot program to track how you drive, when you drive, how fast your drive and how much gas you use.

The Department of Transportation says it will help fix street problems. Others say its like Big Brother is watching you, CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported Friday.

It’s a tiny black box about the size of a pack of gum that is installed right under the steering wheel. It will allow city officials under a program called “Drive Smart” to collect and access data about how you drive — if you drive like a maniac, or if you’re Mr. or Mrs. Slow Poke.

“It can tell the g-force of hard stopping or hard acceleration and a hard turn,” DOT senior project manager Alex Keating said. “So the driver, as well as the service provider, are able to look at speeds, hard-breaking events, time of day and basic GPS.”

  • teaman

    ….and who is going to pay for this stupidity? Of course, the already over taxed working citizens of this pervert city run by stupid liberals. Visited this degenerate city once in my life and puked on my way in and on my way out! I truly feel sorry for the rest of the State of New York for having to put up with this cesspool! Maybe they will be able to break away on day soon!

  • Pam

    This is the same device insurance companies offer you to get a discount on your insurance. I figure, if they want to, Big Brother can already track us through the brain boxes on our engines. I’m sure they already have me marked because I keep emailing Dick Durbin about what a huge idiot he is and how he should be in jail for malfeasance and treason. So, one device gets me a 22% discount because I rarely leave town and the other gets me 2% because that car does over 200 miles/week of highway driving.
    If they are going to use you, you should use them right back as much as you can.

  • Terry Rushing

    More government sticking it’s snoopy nose into personal business. Putting such a device on my vehicle would be futile because I would disable it ….permanently. An ordinary carpenters hammer should do the job nicely. I can envision “check points” where cops read the material and issue citations based on the data recorded. Never, never trust the government!

    • 7papa7

      Like Reagan said, I am from the government and I am here to help you. He said these were the 12 most dreaded word in the English language.

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