The Los Angeles Police Department will roll out its telematics system to begin tracking the driving behavior of 50 officers starting in January as part of a trial program to determine if telematics can help reduce crashes.
About 50 patrol cars in the Central and Valley divisions will transmit real-time driving data from black boxes installed inside the vehicles, reports KPCC. The units cost about $280 a piece.
The telematics devices track the speed of the vehicle, whether seatbelts and the light bar were in use, and how hard the driver slammed on the brakes. The agency hopes to cut back on the number of costly lawsuits involving LAPD vehicles involved in traffic collisions.