Usage based insurance devices track drivers using GPS

This type of program may be causing motorists to exchange their privacy for potential discounts. Drivers who are looking to save money on their auto premiums are starting to look toward options such as usage based insurance, which involves installing a device in the motorist’s vehicle in order to allow the insurer to track actual driving habits, instead of basing premiums exclusively on more general risk models. While this can give safe drivers the chance to prove their low risk, and save money, there may be a catch. Privacy advocates…

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Usage based insurance is not appealing to most Americans

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A recent study has shown that over half of the drivers in the country aren’t sold on having their habits monitored. The results of a study conducted on the popularity of usage based insurance, also known as a pay as you drive plan, have recently been released, and they have shown that 51 percent of Americans will not even consider enrolling in this type of program. The majority of consumers are resistant to being monitored in order to be able to obtain possible discounts. The results of the study that…

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Insurance technology could place US drivers at risk, says hacker

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Tech expert, Corey Thuen, will be speaking at the S4 conference to show that pay as you drive dongles aren’t secure. Corey Thuen is a Digital Bond Labs security researcher, who has been working for a number of weeks on the subject of the insurance technology of onboard network dongles that are connected to the OBD2 ports of vehicles as a component of usage based auto policies. The findings of the research have been striking and they will soon be presented in a talk entitled “Remote Control Automobiles”. Thuen looked…

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Usage based technology may become mandatory in auto insurance

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These wireless device based “pay as you drive” policies are rapidly evolving and are becoming more popular. Usage based technology is becoming increasingly popular in auto insurance, as a growing number of insurers start to offer policies that use these wireless telematics devices and a larger number of motorists sign up for these programs in the hopes of qualifying for lower rates. Many are now predicting that in ten years from now, these policies will be the norm. In fact, some have forecasted that usage based technology will become nearly…

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Auto insurance discount could make self-driving cars worthwhile

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One day, the savings could be big enough on coverage that it could make these vehicles practical. Insurers are always advertising different ways for consumers to obtain an auto insurance discount that is large enough that it will entice them into switching to their policies, and with the introduction of new technologies such as self-driving cars, it appears as though an entirely new world is opening up for drivers and the companies that cover them, says a recent survey. Google has already produced a prototype for this type of vehicle,…

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Usage based insurance is already going mainstream

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This type of auto policy has started to become one of the standard offerings of many insurers. Though the potential benefits of usage based insurance have been clear for some time, this new technology based version of auto coverage has always represented an extremely small percentage of the offerings from insurers. This trend is starting to change as the tech is picked up by a growing number of insurers. Moreover, as more auto insurance companies offer these products in a larger number of locations, consumers are also finding the chance…

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Auto insurance telematics appealing to most European drivers

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Provided that premiums would not increase, the majority of motorists would opt for usage based coverage. According to the results of a recent survey among six countries across Europe, the majority of drivers would choose an auto insurance program that uses telematics if they were guaranteed that they would not experience a premiums increase. Most of the survey respondents expressed a level of interest in usage based coverage programs. The majority of the participants in this recent Towers Watson survey said that they were interested in usage based auto insurance…

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