The Auto Prophet discovered something interesting - the hardware dongle for Progressive's TripSense program looks a heck of a lot like Davis' cool little CarChip datalogging device. Seeing as how I actually own a CarChip, I'm just a bit jealous of the fact that he discovered this before I did, but oh well.

Now, the reason that this is interesting is the possibility of hacking such a device, as Davis supports this activity by offering a development kit. The advantages of being able to hack into a device that's reporting driving habits to your insurance agency should be pretty obvious.
Now, even if Progressive moves to a proprietary piece of hardware in the next stages of the program, does that really matter? Na. If motivated individuals can hack the incredibly complex powertrain control modules used in modern vehicles, then we think they'll make short work of whatever Progressive comes up with next.



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