Kymco Motoplatinum BOX Offers Riding Data for Crashes, Reduces Insurance Rates

A black box for motorcycles is not a new idea, as it has been around for years now, and the project has stirred up passionate supporters as well as strong opponents, each side with its proper set of pros and cons. Taiwanese manufacturer Kymco and Italian insurance operator 24hAssistance announce the Motoplatinum BOX, a black box-type device which is sold to willing riders as of March 5.
Kymco Motoplatinum BOX 1 photo
Photo: Kymco
The Motoplatinum BOX is apparently the first mass-produced black box device engineered and manufactured especially for two-wheeled vehicles. The info on it is quite scarce at the moment, and it’s uncertain whether the Motoplatinum BOX can only be installed on Kymco vehicles or it will work with other scooters and motorcycles.

Certain parameters are recorded only in case of an accident

The modus operandi of the Motoplatinum BOX doesn’t bring anything new. The black box is loaded with sensors which provide info on certain parameters, such as speed, acceleration, braking or bumps. The device also incorporates a GPS and a communication module which allows riders and police to track down the bike in case it gets stolen.

Privacy obviously comes into discussion again, and the makers of the black box say that it records the mentioned parameters only in case of a crash. This includes a short period of time (buffer) before and after the crash, and does not include any other recorded data. Kymco says that neither the police nor the insurance companies are able to use the black box to detect possible illegal riding, such as speeding and more. Whether you choose to trust them is of course a matter of personal choice…

Installing the Motoplatinum BOX reduces insurance rates

24hAssistance provides significant rebates for riders who agree to install the Motoplatinum BOX on their bikes. These discounts can reach a hefty 47% for the mandatory insurance rates and a further 30% for fire and theft insurance rates.

The chances to find stolen vehicles or prevent theft altogether are pretty high as the Kymco black box is sending out SMS and email alerts to preset contacts. So basically if you park your bike in the street and enter a building and someone is fiddling with it, you will receive am SMS and can return to the bike in due time, kicking the thief’s teeth is being optional.

Whether the Kymco Motoplatinum BOX needs a mobile phone sim card or works on a proprietary subscription-based communication system is the thing we are currently trying to find out.
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