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Telematics: A Larger Landscape

Telematics-enabled Usage-Based Insurance (UBI) has been slow in penetrating the traditional insurance market, causing some to dismiss the approach. However, the inexorable press of time is showing the larger significance of telematics. How do you see this impacting your digital strategy? It started out so simple… UBI has been around since the early part of… Read more »

A Letter to Peter: Tech Changes Insurance for Good?

Dear Peter Diamandis: I was pleased to see your post, “5 Tech Forces That Will Change Insurance for Good,” and your participation with Lemonade. I have followed your newsletter for years and have previously referenced your thoughts in this blog. I am offering a few comments and describing my admittedly foggy view of the future…. Read more »

Where will Standardization Fit in a Flexible Product World?

Standardization has been a holy grail for as long as I have been involved in insurance technology. However, competitive pressures are challenging this goal. While standards are required in parts of the insurance process, these may become deeply buried in technology, allowing flexible implementations. There have been good reasons for adopting standards For example: When… Read more »

Platforms and Insurance: Where the Bulldozer Meets the Road

In a 1989 speech to brokers, a bank executive offered an analogy to explain changes he saw to distribution: “If you see a bulldozer paving a road, heading towards you, you need to decide fairly quickly, ‘Do I want to be part of the bulldozer, or be part of the road?’” Twenty-five years later,  a… Read more »

Is the Telematics Plateau Coming Early?

We’ve followed Telematics/Usage-Based Insurance (UBI) for some time now.  There has been significant progress, and there is an assumption that it will have a 25% market share over time. Of late, however, some folks are suggesting that UBI could plateau early just as other forces start to shape the next generation of automobile insurance. Usage-Based… Read more »

Telematics, Customer Engagement, and UBI: Two out of Three Ain’t Bad

We’ve been getting the sense that UBI (Usage Based Insurance) is not getting the traction that many of us felt it would when it was re-introduced to the Canadian market a few years back.  However, the investment in Telematics might be a key to customer engagement, even without reliance on premium discounts, or insurance at… Read more »

Will Canada Develop Its Own UBI Path?

A number of indicators are suggesting that telematics-enabled usage-based insurance is not getting traction as quickly as some expected. However, leading Canadian telematics suppliers are actively working with insurers and brokers to develop value-added and niche products which will improve the uptake, and perhaps create a uniquely Canadian UBI profile. The US trend might not be… Read more »

What Happens When Consumers Know More Than We Do?

A colleague of ours was recently bemoaning the lack of interest that insurers and brokers are taking in new developments such as social and usage-based insurance.  Our friend suggested that without a working knowledge of operational tools, such as social media, and technologies such as  telematics, we’re falling behind our customers and won’t be able… Read more »

Changing Driver Behaviour – Can UBI Deliver?

Clearly audible amid the buzz surrounding UBI in Canada is the expectation that it will be effective in changing driver behaviour, i.e., it will help drivers improve their skills. This is exciting because a corollary of improved skill is reduced loss costs making changing driver behaviour an important selling point for insurers contemplating a push… Read more »

The Road Ahead for Auto Insurance is Paved with UBI

Intact’s recent announcement that it will launch a UBI program in Ontario this April is a clear indication that the model has come of age in Canada. Other telematics-enabled auto insurance programs have come to market recently in Canada, including Quindell’s Ingenie and Desjardin’s Adjusto programs, but Ontario is the nation’s largest market and Intact… Read more »