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September 26, 2012

Test Your Own Driving with Telematics App

By Tracey E. Schelmetic, TMCnet Contributor

While telematics devices in cars which allow insurance companies to monitor drivers’ habits in order to provide them with safe-driver discounts have made some small amount of penetration into the U.S. marketplace, studies show that many drivers are unaware of the benefits of the devices. Drivers aren’t sure what these devices do –and don’t do – and how they can reap the benefits of them.

To help educate the driving public, has developed a solution: the ' MotorMate' driving app which is now available on Android and launched today on iPhone (News - Alert) to coincide with the launch of the iPhone 5. 

Image via Shutterstock’s MotorMate app will allow drivers to monitor their driving behavior by using their mobile phones’ GPS capabilities. It is hoped that the new app will help drivers better understand telematics and how they can be rewarded for good driving. The app is free on Google Play and Apple's (News - Alert) App Store.

Telematics devices, which monitor a driver's skill and rewards good driving, are becoming increasingly popular, according to car insurance experts at comparison site,, who now have several black box insurance providers on their books and have their own telematics app.

But it’s probable that many drivers are put off by the thought of the devices, believing that they will be used to the opposite effect: finding recklessness in their driving and pushing their insurances rates up instead of down.

MotorMate might be an ideal solution for drivers to test their own driving in advance, before they allow their vehicle insurance providers to monitor their driving.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman
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