Give up privacy for lower insurance rates?

Auto insurer Progressive Corp. is continuing trials with volunteer customers who have agreed to install monitoring devices in their car in return for discounts on their car insurance.

According to Progressive:

Customers who register a vehicle in the TripSense pilot program plug a data-logging device into a port in their car. The device, called TripSensorTM, collects information about the vehicle’s use, including how much, how fast and when they drive. Participants in the TripSense program will receive a five percent discount on the six-month premium for each registered vehicle. In subsequent policy periods, TripSense customers earn a five percent discount if they choose to upload their driving data to Progressive. Customers can also receive up to 20 percent more in discounts based on how much, how fast and when they drive.