State Farm uses telematics to help drivers obtain better car insurance rates

State Farm has announced that it has partnered with Hughes Telematics Inc. in order to give its car insurance customers the opportunity to use an in-vehicle device so that they may lower their auto insurance rates. State Farm is calling the program In-Drive, and uses technology developed by the Atlanta-based telematics company to give its Illinois policy holders a chance to take part in the program starting in September. Other states may also be offered this program in 2012. The features of the technology are comparable to some of those…

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Progressive offers a huge discount with new “Pay As You Drive” program

Earlier this year, the Progressive insurance company began offering Florida residents a pay-as-you-drive insurance program. Dubbed Snapshot, the program gives consumers lower rates of approximately 30% on average, based on their driving behavior. The insurer analyses driving habits with the help of a small device that is installed in vehicles. According to the insurer, the device has tracked over two billion miles, and is now ready to be used throughout the nation. Drivers that signed up are reporting a savings on average of $150 annually. Progressive notes that the possible…

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Progressive announces new options in car insurance

Progressive, the second largest auto insurer in Florida, has announced their new program that will provide discounts to drivers that spend less time on the road. To be eligible for the coverage, drivers must allow the insurer to track how much they drive. This usage based insurance is designed to encourage people to drive less, lowing greenhouse emissions, and also to provide more accurate pricing on auto policies. The plan will specifically benefit travelers who leave their cars parked at airports for several days, families with additional, less used vehicles,…

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California drivers get a break with new “pay as you go” insurance plans

Two companies have been approved by Insurance Commission, Steve Poizner, to offer low mileage insurance for California residents beginning in Feburary 2011. State Farm and Auto Club of So. California is expected to roll out discounted rates and incentives for people who drive less – other insurers are expected to follow. State Farm’s plan is to collect odometer readings at the time of signing up or if the client has an OnStar system with GMAC, they can submit electronically. Afterwards checks would be done by the company or other outside…

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