Smartphone apps to monitor drivers
News On Japan via Yomiuri -- May 03
Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co. has developed a smartphone application that automatically recognizes when a traffic accident has occurred and records images prior to the accident and afterward.
The company will start offering the app from August.
The app also functions to help prevent car accidents, which should save money as well as lives, as car insurers plan to raise premiums from autumn next year for drivers who cause accidents.
The name of the free app, Suma-ho, is written as a pun that visually combines the words "sumaho" (smartphone) and "hoken" (insurance).
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