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New Canadian auto insurance product coming soon

August 7, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Intact Insurance will be soon launching a new iteration of its usage-based auto insurance (UBI), a company official says. The revelation came during a July 31, 2018 conference call about the insurer’s past quarter results. During the call, an investment

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Will telematics make territory-based rating a thing of the past?

July 24, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

The use of telematics in pricing auto insurance is going to become more “prevalent,” and a major property and casualty insurer is trying to use the technology to get a better idea of driver risk, speakers said during a recent

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Intact reports ‘world of difference’ with telematics

June 20, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Hard numbers showing the impact of telematics remain elusive, but Canada’s largest property and casualty insurer says the technology does separate the good risks from the bad. Telematics is a vehicle diagnosis technology that collects data such as distance travelled,

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Why this broker takes exception to usage-based auto insurance app

June 19, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Usage-based insurance has raised the profile of insurers on consumers’ electronic devices, and this could be bad news for some brokers. Several auto insurers are using UBI to offer discounts based on data gather from telematics. That technology lets insurers

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The untapped potential of telematics in auto claims

June 12, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Telematics, which records data on vehicle behaviour, is used now mainly for underwriting, but the technology can also provide a treasure trove of information for claims adjusters, one vendor suggests. Auto insurance claims adjusters could potentially use telematics to determine

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How telematics affected this insurer’s loss ratio

June 10, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Could Canadian insurers cut auto claims costs by 15% by using telematics? Perhaps, if they could somehow import the experience of European insurers. An unnamed European insurer compared its auto insurance customers who were using telematics with its customers who

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Broker training underway for new distance-based auto insurance

May 23, 2018 by Greg Meckbach

Brokers selling auto insurance written by the CAA Insurance are now getting trained on a new product targeting low-mileage drivers. All 41 of CAA Insurance’s broker partners “are being trained on all aspects” of MyPace, CAA Insurance president Matthew Turack

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What customers will soon expect from insurance carriers

February 26, 2018 by Jason Contant

Insurance customers are going to start expecting personalized products and services based on data, Andrew Lo, president and CEO of Kanetix Ltd., said during a webinar Thursday. “Our customers are going to expect smart personalization like, ‘Give me the products

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Why consumers may be snubbing telematics

January 9, 2018 by Jason Contant

Privacy and security concerns may be contributing to a lower-than-expected uptake of telematics programs, Andrew Lo, the president and CEO of Kanetix Ltd., said on Monday. Also, there seems to be some confusion among consumers about the data insurers are

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‘Lots of people don’t like telematics,’ insurer reports

December 14, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Opportunities for “broker-driven” usage-based auto insurance are likely to be down the road, but brokers are telling a large Canadian mutual that their insurance customers don’t want their insurers monitoring how they use their vehicles. “Our brokers are advising us

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Industry encouraged to offer discount for using cellphone blockers

December 11, 2017 Greg Meckbach, Associate Editor

Vehicle owners who install smart phone-blocking apps should get a break on insurance rates, some industry groups contend. British Columbia’s government-owned auto insurer says it will roll out telematics devices designed to block drivers from using their wireless phones on

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Octo completes acquisition of Willis Towers Watson’s UBI assets

December 11, 2017 David Gambrill, Editor-in-Chief

Octo Telematics, a global provider of telematics for the auto insurance industry, has completed its acquisition of the usage-based insurance (UBI) assets of Willis Towers Watson. Octo’s acquisition includes Willis Towers Watson’s DriveAbility solution and the DriveAbility Marketplace. Geoff Werner