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Autonomous vehicles will add US$81 billion in new premiums for U.S. auto insurers by 2025: report

May 18, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Insurance coverage for autonomous vehicles will bring US$81 billion in new premiums to the auto insurance industry in the United States over the next eight years, according to a new report from Accenture and Stevens Institute of Technology (SIT). The

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Ram pickup air bags can fail in rollover; one death reported

May 12, 2017 The Associated Press

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Fiat Chrysler is recalling approximately 1 million Ram pickups in North America due to a software glitch that could prevent side air bags and seatbelts from deploying during a rollover. The company’s U.S. division said Friday

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The toughest challenge for self-driving cars? Human drivers

May 11, 2017 Tom Krisher - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

DETROIT – In just a few years, well-mannered self-driving robotaxis will share the roads with reckless, law-breaking human drivers. The prospect is causing migraines for the people developing the robotaxis. A self-driving car would be programmed to drive at the

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Risk professionals should move to fill the understanding gap around disruptive technologies

April 24, 2017 Angela Stelmakowich

PHILADELPHIA – Risk managers will need to take the lead in organizational efforts to address complex challenges and opportunities in an environment that increasingly features rapidly advancing disruptive technology risks, suggests a joint report from broker and risk advisor Marsh

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Intact Ventures becomes strategic investor in Canadian IoT technology company Alert Labs

April 20, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Intact Ventures has made its first investment in Canada Alert Labs Inc., an Ontario provider of easy-to-install technology that offers residential and commercial property owners real-time water use, flood, leak, temperature and power alerts. Not only do the alerts generated

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Innovative technologies clustered on expectations side, most types of technology two to 10 years away: CIAA event speaker

April 19, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

The influence of technology will be more clearly felt in the next 10 or 15 years as opposed to the next few years, Duncan Stewart, director of technology, media and telecommunications research for Deloitte Canada, suggested during a Canadian Insurance

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Autonomous vehicles coming, but auto books will not disappear any time soon: CIAA event speaker

April 17, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

Autonomous vehicles are coming, but there is no need for property and casualty insurers to panic that their auto books are going to quickly disappear, Andrew Lo, president and chief operating officer of Kanetix Ltd., said Thursday at the Canadian

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Analytics single greatest disruptor to Canadian insurance industry: survey

April 4, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Analytics is the single greatest disruptor to the Canadian insurance industry today, according to 65% of executives polled for a recent survey by Insurance Nexus, a division of FC Business Intelligence. Insurance Nexus reported on Tuesday that it recently surveyed

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Incumbent insurers should rethink businesses, embrace opportunity in digital technology: McKinsey & Company

March 9, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The insurance industry is not impregnable and companies would be well-advised to reinvent themselves by incorporating digital technology and allowing it to become a catalyst, suggests a new report issued Thursday by McKinsey & Company. Some executives “know that staying

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8.4 billion “connected things” will be in use in 2017, up 31% from 2016: Gartner

February 14, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

IT research and advisory company Gartner, Inc. is forecasting that 8.4 billion “connected things” will be in use worldwide in 2017, up 31% from 2016, and reaching 20.4 billion by 2020. The company added in a press release last week

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California, Uber in legal showdown over self-driving cars

December 15, 2016 Justin Pritchard and Michael Liedtke - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

SAN FRANCISCO – Uber is riding its self-driving cars into a legal showdown with California regulators. The ride-hailing company is refusing to obey demands by the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles that it immediately stop picking up San Francisco passengers

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Half of smart city objectives will include climate change, resilience and sustainability key performance indicators by 2020: Gartner

November 10, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

By 2020, half of all smart city objectives will include climate change, resilience and sustainability key performance indicators (KPIs), Gartner, Inc., the Stamford, Conn.-based information technology research and advisory company reported. Cities are defining new objectives and placing them into