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Ontario politicians debate merits of mandating intelligent drive technologies

May 16, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The Ontario government would have the authority to make regulations mandating collision avoidance systems such as lane departure warning, in all vehicles registered starting in 2020, if a private member’s bill before the legislature is passed into law. Bill 192,

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Mobile app benefits discussed at Insurance Analytics Canada conference

May 16, 2016 by Jason Contant, Online Editor

As one of the brokerages that was “significantly affected” by the Fort McMurray wildfires, Sharp Insurance was able to contact every single one of its clients using analytics, attendees to the Insurance Analytics Canada conference heard on Friday. “We were

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Pembridge Insurance Company launches first telematics program through broker channel in Alberta

May 16, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Markham, Ont.-based Pembridge Insurance Company announced on Monday that they have launched My_BRIDGE, what they are calling the first telematics program offered through the broker channel in Alberta. Pembridge said in a press release that the usage-based insurance (UBI) offering

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Insurers who look at the future of data analytics most likely to succeed: speaker at Insurance Analytics Canada

May 15, 2016 by Jason Contant, Online Editor

Data analytics needs to be seen as a continuous journey, not just a destination, and those insurers that look forward to analytics in 10 years’ time will be the most likely to succeed, a speaker suggested on Friday at the

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Analyzing new sources of data can help insurers create direct link with customers: speaker

May 13, 2016 by Angela Stelmakowich

Insurers that collect and analyze new data sources – including from sensors – could create direct links with customers, without the need for intermediaries, and promote enhanced personalization, Steve LaValle, a principal at Ernst & Young (EY), suggested during an

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More than half of Canadians believe their government-held personal data is at risk: Accenture study

May 11, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

More than half of Canadians believe their personal and confidential information held by all levels of government is vulnerable to a security breach, whether it’s an unauthorized internal access or an external data hack and theft, according to results of

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Global market for business services using drones valued at more than US$127 billion: PwC

May 11, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

The emerging global market for business services using drones is valued at more than US$127 billion, according to a report released earlier this week by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). The “drone revolution” is disrupting industries ranging from agriculture to filmmaking, PwC said

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IBM to teach Watson computer system “language of cybersecurity”

May 10, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

IBM Security has announced that eight universities – including three in Canada – will help train its Watson computer system on the “language of security” as part of a year-long research project. Watson for Cyber Security, a new cloud-based version

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Usage-based insurance expected to grow to 142 million subscribers globally by 2023 from 12 million in 2015, new report says

May 9, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Usage-based auto insurance (UBI) is expected to grow to 142 million subscribers globally by 2023, according to a new report from IHS Automotive, a part of IHS, Inc. and a source of information and insight to the global automotive industry.

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Economical Insurance activates multi-channel distribution with launch of direct channel

May 9, 2016 by Angela Stelmakowich

Economical Insurance’s new direct channel – part of an updated corporate strategy to position the company as among the top property and casualty insurers in the country – went live Monday morning. Economical Insurance has activated multi-channel distribution with the

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Intact’s assessment of insured damages from Fort McMurray wildfire estimated at $1 to $1.20 per share

May 9, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

Intact Financial Corporation’s (IFC) assessment of its insured damages from the Fort McMurray wildfire using satellite imagery and its exposure geocoding technology ranges from $1 to $1.20 per share, the insurer said on Monday. The assessment range, while early, is

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In first-of-its kind collaboration, Google to integrate self-driving technology into 2017 Chrysler minivan

May 6, 2016 by Canadian Underwriter

For the first time, Google has announced that it will work directly with an automaker to integrate its self-driving system, including sensors and software, into a passenger vehicle. Earlier this week, Google said that it will integrate its self-driving technology