Here is another use of APRS technology in the real world!
EREN NETWORK NEWS -- August 2, 2000
A weekly newsletter from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE)
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network (EREN).
Drive Your Car Less and Save Money on Auto Insurance
If certain Texans take the bus to work today, they might pay
less for car insurance next month. Through a pilot program
offered in Texas by the Progressive Auto Insurance
company, drivers are being charged based on actual
mileage driven, time of day, and geographic location. With
support from the U.S. Department of Transportation's
Federal Highway Administration, the Insurance Institute for
Highway Safety, and Environmental Defense, Progressive is
using global positioning technology to track customer's
actual driving habits, which have a direct impact on their
monthly insurance bills. Preliminary evidence indicates that
the participants in the program are driving less.
In a deal signed last week, the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) will work cooperatively with the
other partners to study the reduction in auto emissions, if
any, from participating in the innovative insurance plan. See
the EPA Web site at: