Car insurance: Bluetooth to be fitted 'in all cars'

Thursday, 27 July 2006

Bluetooth technology is set to become standard in nearly 30 per cent of vehicles by 2012 and could play a key role in lowering car insurance premiums.

Strategy Analytics, a leading consulting firm, believes that over the next five years nearly a third of new cars will make use of Bluetooth to help reduce car crime and support a number of in-car devices such as mobile phones.

Clare Hughes, Strategy Analytics' automotive practice analyst, explained that car manufacturers are aware of the wide range of options that Bluetooth technology can offer and many are keen to ensure they benefit from the increasing demand rather than leave it to third-party providers.

Ms Hughes added: "As we have already seen with portable navigation, poor competitiveness from car makers and automotive system suppliers will result in aftermarket vendors taking a greater share of the growing consumer demand for Bluetooth."

One device that can help to reduce car insurance premiums is the Auto-txt Bluetooth system that is capable of identifying if a car is stolen by detecting if the vehicle is started but the owner's mobile phone is not present.

Auto-txt allows enables the police to track the stolen car and prevent it from being restarted.

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