Citroen fits insurance black boxes


Good thing or bad? That's what we've been trying to decide having seen this latest news story from Citroen this morning. What's got our tongues wagging is the French manufacturer's decision to equip its C1 Connexion special edition with a standard - in other words, non-optional - 'black box' recorder.

The knee-jerk reaction is to decry the ever-more-pervasive nose of Big Brother intruding into our driving habits, but Citroen reckons it's doing C1 buyers a favour. The addition of the black box, it says, will allow it to offer free insurance for a year to C1 buyers aged 19-25 with at least two years' no claims bonus. What's more, good driving behaviour will be rewarded by lower premiums in successive years, which should help combat the rising cost of insurance for young people.

A noble cause, then, but the fact you have to have the black box whether you like it or not will rankle for some people. Especially when you find out that there's no way to differentiate between drivers. Citroen says that it's for you as the owner of the car to decide whether the person you let behind the wheel is trustworthy enough not to drive the car recklessly - but of course, if they do, it'll be your next year's premiums they're harming. And that's before we even start on the implications for the future, and more widespread use of Big Brother-esque in-car devices. Eep.

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  • V6GTA 19 Feb 2013

    Good for young drivers but hate the idea of these things.

  • Fishy Dave 19 Feb 2013

    Expect to see more sales for Peugeot and Toyota then....

  • Dion20vt 19 Feb 2013

    It's a good thing the C1 wont do much more than 70mph then?! biggrin

    "What's more, good driving behaviour will be rewarded by lower premiums in successive years, which should help combat the rising cost of insurance for young people."

    ^^^ Isn't this the whole point of NCB??

  • kambites 19 Feb 2013

    Given how inaccessible motoring is becoming for young drivers due to insurance costs, I think it's a good thing overall. I think for many young drivers it is probably now a choice between having one of these boxes and driving sensibly, or not driving at all.

  • Kozy 19 Feb 2013

    I doubt that thing would generate sufficient G forces in any direction to set any alarms off. Nothing to see here.

    Worrying for the future though. This WILL become mandatory under the EU. frown

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