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ICBC has unveiled a pilot project to track and monitor how new drivers behave.

The program, called Techpilot, is set to launch in November 2019 and requires up to 7,000 participants to register to take part for one year.

Registrants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Must have a smartphone with a data plan,
  • Access to a vehicle
  • Received your Class 7N driver’s licence within the last four years OR
  • Your combined driving experience (7N and full licence) is less than four years

Those who are confirmed participants will install a small telematics device in the vehicle they’re driving, download a smartphone app and pair them.

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Then, the driver continues travelling as they normally would. For one year, the device and smartphone will record data on things like distance, speed, and braking.

As an incentive participants will receive rewards in the form of gift cards to popular retailers and restaurants.

In a press release, ICBC explains that drivers’ performance will not affect insurance premiums, and that the purpose of this project is to determine how ICBC might use telematics technology in the future.

According to the crown corporation, new drivers in BC are 3.5 times more likely to be involved in a serious crash.

Click here to participate in the Techpilot project.

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