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Changing climate patterns, nat cats affecting electrical grid, Swiss Re and Johns Hopkins study finds

July 25, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Changing climate patterns are putting additional strain on both power generation and transmission, and presenting another risk factor for natural disaster mitigation and recovery in North America’s Pacific Northwest region, suggests a new study from Swiss Re and the Johns

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Lyft forms own autonomous vehicle unit, will open network

July 24, 2017 The Associated Press

DETROIT – Lyft said Friday that it is setting up its own unit to develop autonomous vehicle technology, but its approach will be different from other companies and partnerships working on self-driving cars. The San Francisco-based ride-hailing service said it

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CRU Adjusters teams up with Kespry’s industrial drone platform for adjusting property claims

July 13, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

CRU Adjusters, an independent adjusting firm specializing in customized claims handling solutions in Canada and the United States, has announced a collaboration with Kespry’s industrial drone platform to power CRU’s drone division for adjusting property claims. The collaboration, after more

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‘Significantly more’ than 90% of Allied World Assurance shareholders expected to tender stock for Fairfax merger

July 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Officials with Allied World Assurance Company Holdings AG “fully expect” that all closing conditions for the merger with Toronto-based Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited will be met by Thursday, Allied World suggested in Wednesday in a press release. A deadline, for

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Slice launches “first on-demand insurance platform” for homeshare hosts in 13 states

June 1, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Slice Labs Inc., a technology company offering what it calls “the first on-demand insurance platform in the United States,” announced on Wednesday the launch of their homeshare insurance product in 13 states. Homeshare hosts in 13 states – California, Colorado,

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Canada lacks ‘commercially widely available wildfire models,’ Aviva Canada reinsurance VP warns

May 2, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Insurers have no “meaningful way of modelling wildfire” losses, a senior executive for Swiss Re Ltd. recently suggested to industry professionals. “If you look at it globally speaking, usually about half of the total insured losses globally are unmodelled perils,”

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California says oceans expected to rise higher than thought

April 28, 2017 The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO – California says new climate change findings mean the ocean off the state’s coast is expected to rise higher than previously thought. The state’s Ocean Protection Council on Wednesday revised projections it provides to agencies to help them

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FCA, Google begin offering rides in self-driving cars

April 25, 2017 Dee-Ann Durbin - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

DETROIT – Fiat Chrysler and Google for the first time will offer rides to the public in the self-driving vehicles they are building under an expanding partnership. The companies announced in the spring of last year that they would build

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Uber resumes self-driving car program after brief suspension

March 27, 2017 The Associated Press

NEW YORK – Uber says it is resuming its self-driving car program in Arizona and Pittsburgh after it was suspended following a crash over the weekend. The company had also grounded self-driving cars in San Francisco over the weekend but

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Uber self-driving cars are coming back to California roads

March 10, 2017 The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Uber’s self-driving cars will return to California’s streets, though the ride-hailing company doesn’t immediately plan to pick up passengers. Uber received a permit Wednesday to test two Volvo SUVs on public roads, the California Department of Motor

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Study: California fault could cause magnitude 7.4 quake

March 8, 2017 The Associated Press

SAN DIEGO – An earthquake fault running from San Diego Bay to Los Angeles is capable of producing a magnitude-7.4 earthquake that could affect some of the region’s most densely populated areas, according to a study released Tuesday. The study

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Severe weather outbreaks in U.S. in February lead to billion-dollar payout for insurance industry: Aon Benfield

March 8, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Prolific severe weather outbreaks in the United States lead to an expected billion-dollar payout for the insurance industry as no fewer than five outbreaks of severe weather impacted portions of the country during February, according to Impact Forecasting’s latest Global