LexisNexis Sees a Pan-European Driving Data Future

Vehicle data is everywhere. From the amount of air and fuel being mixed by complex fuel-injection and exhaust gas recycling systems, Sat Navs, Telematics, or dashcam footage being backed up automatically to the Cloud, there are thousands of bytes of it.

Right now a great deal of that car journey data is being stored in various locations, but LexisNexis wants to change that. They are bringing OEMs and Insurers together with the creation of a European Telematics Exchange and the first Pan-European Connected Car Insurance Panel. In the same way that the UK Motor Insurance Database shares vehicle tax and insurance status, LexisNexis has launched a driving data platform that all insurers can access.

Insurance providers and automotive OEMs across the region can now access the LexisNexis Telematics Exchange, a central platform of driving and connected car
data delivering a consistent view of risk and driver scores regardless of the data source.

To complement this launch and support market growth, LexisNexis Risk Solutions is also creating a Pan-European Insurance Panel, and they say six of the top ten world’s largest insurers have confirmed an interest in participating.  Both developments will help accelerate the growth of Usage Based Insurance (UBI) – more commonly known in the UK as `Pay Per Mile Car Insurance.’ For the consumer, it will also help to ensure more choice, fairer pricing, and improved data security and portability as the automotive and insurance industries take the first steps to delivering UBI to a mass market of motorists.

The introduction of the LexisNexis Telematics Exchange in Europe will add driving data collected directly from OEMs, in addition to the established aftermarket devices and third-party data. It means that for the first time, insurers and OEMs will be able to cost effectively access the whole of the insurance market at the point of quote, while still enabling them to run their existing one-to-one UBI programmes.

As well as running partnership programmes, OEMs can now integrate into the LexisNexis Telematics Exchange to develop UBI, First Notice of Loss (FNOL), manufacturer recall programmes and other connected car use cases for both their drivers and the Pan-European Insurance Panel.

Paul Stacy, Director of Telematics and OEM, LexisNexis Risk Solutions
says:

“There has been an explosion in devices and technology to collect driving and car data – and an even bigger explosion in the data coming from these sources. Both insurers and OEMs needed a way to share data and to achieve a consistent view of risk, regardless of the data collection method used – it could be a connected car, a black box, or a 12V aftermarket device.

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Will Pay-Per-Mile Insurance schemes become the norm in the future? Photo credit; LexisNexis

As UBI becomes more commonplace,  the need to bring confidence and consistency to scoring becomes more urgent. The development of the LexisNexis Telematics Exchange came out of this need as an extension of our big data platform, HPCC Systems, to deliver data normalisation and big data management in aftermarket behavioural data and vehicle data.”

Rutger Van Der Wall, Vice President of Global Products, Insurance,
LexisNexis Risk Solutions, adds:

“The connected car will become the foundation for automotive insurance products but the cost for all OEMs to integrate with all the insurers is a multi-billion euro
industry-wide problem. To achieve a similar outcome as the LexisNexis  Telematics Exchange – over 40 vehicle brands from circa 20 OEMs would need to be connected with over 1,000 European insurers and brokers – some 20,000 connections. It’s simply cost prohibitive for the industry.”

“Utilising our experience in the automotive insurance, credit and financial markets, LexisNexis Risk Solutions has invested in, and pre-built this service. The customer is king – the exchange solves the industry-wide problem of providing the consumer with great products at the right price without limiting choice.”

Over to you motor brokers and underwriters – will this data sharing platform make the quotation process much quicker, and more efficient? Will drivers accept that their driving history essentially follows them around via a database forever? What about privacy issues for victims of crime or vulnerable people?

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