Category: UBI: Usage-based insurance

Should your car insurance company coach your driving?

Automakers, insurers and startups would love to think that, by providing feedback on your driving, you’d get better. You’d have fewer accidents and voila, your rates would go down.

Too bad we’re so self-righteous about our driving abilities. (Studies show that about two thirds of us think we’re better-than-average drivers.)

Do you want a beep to annoy you when you speed? A score at the end of each drive? How about a friendly conversation with a live human?

Read about the different tactics they’re trying to get us to drive smarter.

UBI and driver behaviour: what really works?

How to cover an automotive tech conference

car and moneyProviding same-day coverage of conferences keeps me focused and thinking, as I try to make connections between what different speakers say and identify trending topics. I recently wrote same-day wrap-ups of FC Business Intelligence’s Insurance Telematics USA conference. (Insurance telematics, also known as usage-based insurance or UBI)┬árefers to the various hardware and software applications that let insurers get an accurate view of customers’ driving behavior.)

Day One: Data, Data Everywhere as UBI Becomes Ubiquitous

Day Two: What UBI Do People Really Want?

Insurance Telematics: What’s Working Around the World?

Insurance telematics is a great idea: A driver installs a device in the car that tells the insurer how she drives. Selling this to consumers is the first battle. This podcast with Frederic Bruneteau, managing director of Ptolemus Group, has intensively studied various products — and failures — in Europe and North America.

The industry calls this technology “usage-based insurance” or UBI.

In this podcast, we discussed the few success stories and the danger that insurers without a telematics offering might end up with the worst drivers as customers.

Telematics and Market-Specific UBI Solutions with Frederic Bruneteau