The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has launched a consultation on whether the current system is adequate for driving, and if so, whether it’s safe.
The consultation has been opened to public submissions for a year and has received more than 100 responses.
A total of 1,500 responses have been received and the final report will be presented to the ACCC in August 2018.
It is due to be released within weeks.
ACCC chair, Stephen Patton, said in a statement the feedback was overwhelmingly positive and the panel is seeking public feedback on the proposed changes to the existing system.
“There is no doubt the car tracking system is the best-in-class for driving safety and it will deliver the benefits to the consumer and the economy that our industry needs,” Mr Patton said.
“[It] will enable motorists to use their mobile phones to record their journeys in real time and record their speed, direction, acceleration and braking.
As a result of the consultation, we are proposing to introduce new and innovative measures to improve driving safety.
I am confident that our consumer safety and the economic benefits of the new measures will be the subject of a thorough public consultation.”
The ACCC is proposing to create a new standard that will be based on the latest science and standards in use in the automotive industry.
New technology to provide accurate driving position, speed and acceleration information would be required to enable cars to track, and passengers would be able to identify the car that is travelling in their vicinity.
Currently, the technology relies on a range of sensors and radar.
In the meantime, cars will be able track the position of the driver by using a small GPS receiver that is connected to a smartphone app.
Drivers would also be able record their route using the app, and it would also allow drivers to check the speed and direction of other vehicles on the road.
Passengers would be informed if their vehicle is not in the driver’s direct line of sight.
But the new standard will also include an opt-in system that would allow passengers to opt-out of any type of tracking.
If passengers opt-outs, the system would not record any data from their phones.
Mr Patton said the system will be made available for sale to businesses and consumers in 2020, with a view to allowing people to opt out of all forms of tracking of their journeys.
He said the ACCCP would continue to work with other regulators in the field of car tracking.
“This consultation will enable us to continue to examine all of the information that is already available in the vehicle tracking market and to work to further enhance and improve it,” Mr Patton said.
“We are also seeking input from car owners and operators to ensure that the new system is effective in providing reliable and accurate information to customers and to ensure the safety of everyone on the roads.”
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