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Transport Minister considering equipping vehicles with GPS during manufacture

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Transport Minister considering equipping vehicles with GPS during manufacture | Samui Times

The Transport Minister, Saksayam Chidchob, has floated the idea of making global positioning systems (GPS) a factory standard for personal cars and motorcycles in the interest of traffic safety, and expects a decision within a year.

Transport Minister considering equipping vehicles with GPS during manufacture | News by Samui Times

The Transport Minister visited the GPS Transport Management Center and the Public Passenger Protection Center to deliver his work policy to the Department of Land Transport, calling for urgent development of public transport systems and voicing support for the use of digital technological solutions, such as mobile applications.

The Transport Minister tasked the department with studying the fitting of GPS trackers in personal vehicles at the factory, with the intention of achieving accident reduction goals. The office is to discuss the idea with the Ministry of Industry, relevant agencies and car makers. The department is also to serve as a hub while cars currently in use are retrofitted with the trackers.

In acknowledgement of GPS trackers providing personal information, the Ministry of Transport has decided to spend about a year studying the issue and will hear public opinions. If implemented, Thailand would be the world’s first country to mandate the fitting of GPS trackers in the interests of road safety.

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