The Verisk-Driveway Strategic Alliance

We’re excited to announce our strategic alliance with Verisk to help OEMs connect their customers to a better insurance experience. Verisk is a trusted service provider to virtually every insurance company in the market, and has established the leading data exchange where drivers can connect with insurance companies to earn a fair price on insurance based on their own personal driving history. Leading OEMs like General Motors have signed on to the exchange to help their customers share their driving data (on an opt-in basis) with leading insurers who are willing to reward customers with better rates for safe driving. 

Driveway’s smartphone telematics technology enables these OEMs to offer this benefit to all their customers, not just the customers with newer cars with built-in connectivity. It also enables OEMs to augment their data with important risk insights like distracted driving data (unavailable from the in-car connectivity), which insurers are increasingly focused on in their usage based insurance programs. 

Road safety doesn’t always generate the headlines of the more dramatic news (fake or otherwise) of the day, but by the numbers, it’s truly the largest problem we have in society today. And at Driveway, we’re not content to wait around for decades in hopes that autonomous cars solve the problem. We’re on a mission to make roads safer and save lives at scale today, and our alliance with Verisk gets us one step closer to that goal.

- Mike 

See the press release here

When Telematics and Autonomy Cause Premiums to Nosedive

When Telematics and Autonomy Cause Premiums to Nosedive

First there was UBI, promising to drop auto insurance premiums by 10-15 percent.

Then came driverless cars to drop them again, this time by as much as 40 percent.

UBI has been around for some years now; driverless cars, not so much. They’re only now poised on the verge of the market. Yet both innovations represent a blow to insurance premiums, and here in that fleeting moment between the old one-two, it’s fair to wonder how the industry is going to respond.

How Telematics Can Revolutionize Crash Scene Reconstruction

How Telematics Can Revolutionize Crash Scene Reconstruction

Memory isn’t a concrete thing. It’s pliable. Even if you experience an event directly, as soon as you tell the story, the original version of events is just slightly altered. You experience it all over again, this time with new feelings, new thoughts, which causes the story to shift a little every time you remember it. Most of the time, the flexible nature of memory isn’t much of a problem. But when a collision occurs, it’s kind of important to remember the details correctly.

Insights from Insurance Telematics USA

Insights from Insurance Telematics USA

The insurance telematics industry is moving fast. This was quite apparent at Insurance Telematics USA in Chicago earlier this month. Just one year ago, the main topic debated was whether insurers should use smartphone apps or OBD hardware to track drivers’ behavior. This year, that question was no longer a question. The industry has moved forward with smartphone telematics adoption.

Mobile telematic startup Driveway puts $10M in its glove compartment

Most people can use some objective advice once in a while, especially if it has to do with their driving skills -- not only because it helps for better roads, but also because few people enjoy taking advice about it from their peers. Continue reading in Venture Beat

Driveway Software Raises $10 Million for App That Rates Drivers’ Safety

According to estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 32,675 people in the U.S. died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2014. Countless technologies have flooded the market to help drivers avoid those accidents.These include mobile apps that disable talking and texting while driving, and systems built into newer Honda Accords and BMW Series 7s, among others, that give drivers a lane-departure or collision warning. Continue reading in Wall Street Journal

This Startup Wants To Help Insurers Track Your Driving Habits Through Your Phone

Avoid accidents for a couple years, get a discount on your car insurance. The safe driving reward has been a staple of the insurance industry for years. And as more cars come with OnStar and other communications tools built-in, the way insurers can track and reward safe driving has gotten more sophisticated. Continue reading in Forbes