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Liberty Mutual, Subaru will let you use a driver-monitoring app instead of a dongle

The automaker and insurance company have teamed up to provide driver monitoring directly through the car's infotainment system.

Just one question remains -- if the app makes you feel self-conscious about your bad driving, can you just delete it and go back to pretending like you're good at it?


The call for safer driving is coming from inside the car -- without a silly little dongle! For the first time, Liberty Mutual Insurance is offering a monitored-driving program that works as an app within Subaru's Starlink infotainment system. Plugging something into the OBDII port is so 2013, anyway.

If you own a 2016 Subaru vehicle equipped with the Starlink infotainment system, all you need to do is download Liberty Mutual's RightTrack app -- as well as, of course, signing up for the company's car insurance. That requirement should go without saying.

As with other driver-monitoring apps, RightTrack watches your driving habits in real time, offering up assessments and tips for better, safer driving habits. For example, hard braking is frowned upon, as is treating the gas pedal like a light switch.

If you're a good little boy or girl, you'll get a discount on your car insurance. If you're not, well, we'd advise not downloading the app to begin with.