If telematics is to become truly mainstream, the answer surely lies in offering smartphone app based gadgets for drivers. That way, each journey can be tracked via GPS, the gyro can measure braking and cornering force, and drivers can login using a thumb print or face scan as ID.
The other sea change in telematics is the move towards driver coaches, not just black boxes that measure data. For fleets especially, having an app that can offer real-time tips and warnings on driver behaviour is a really positive safety benefit, and could have a welcome effect in reducing an employer’s fleet insurance policy premium.
Insurance Edge will be exploring the latest telematics developments at the ITS Summit , which is taking place in London, on Thursday this coming week, meanwhile, here’s some news from Swiss Re;
Swiss Re and global car electronics company Pioneer have co-developed an innovative telematics solution that provides insurers with better and more personalised risk assessment, while supporting safer driving behaviour. The combined solution will be integrated in Swiss Re’s Coloride app and is set to be launched globally early next year.
Swiss Re’s Coloride is one of the most technically advanced and sophisticated telematics apps globally. It assigns a risk score to each driver that an insurer can use to calculate the usage-based insurance premium. By offering a financial incentive to cautious drivers and flagging risky behaviour, insurers can encourage responsible driving, making roads safer for everyone.
With the new solution, Coloride will provide real-time driver warnings based on Pioneer’s map data and ADAS algorithms. These warnings help drivers to avoid accidents. Additionally, the new solution can be extended with a range of devices that collect acceleration data to accurately identify and reconstruct a crash. Some of the devices also have a manual emergency button, so the driver can call for support after an accident.
Eric Schuh, Global Head P&C Solutions at Swiss Re, said: “Swiss Re is working with partners across the industry on new digital insurance solutions that will help close the protection gap in all lines of business. Together we explore new opportunities to solve challenges that span the insurance value chain, expand the footprint of insurance, and make insurance more affordable and available, while better engaging customers.”
Sebastiaan Bongers, Head of Automotive & Mobility Solutions at Swiss Re, said: “With Coloride, we already provide one of the highest-ranked telematics apps to our clients, allowing insurers to accurately reflect the driving behaviour of their policyholders into their pricing.
Moreover, the increased interaction with customers leads to more acquisition and retention, and with Coloride insurers can offer end customers valuable features that help improve safety. Following our clients’ demand, through our collaboration with Pioneer, we complement the current offering with instant safety information and hardware-enabled features, like automatic accident detection, first notice of loss and fast claim settlement, as well as advanced claims reconstruction, via a dedicated portal available to insurers.”
Seiji Tanezawa, Executive Officer, Data Solutions Business Management Group, Mobility Service Company at Pioneer, said: “We are delighted to be working with one of the world’s major reinsurance companies, which is leading the way in the deployment of insurance-focused telematics solutions. Today’s announcement is the culmination of a fruitful collaboration between our teams and is testament to both parties’ commitment to reducing accident and driver risk through the use of advanced telematics technology.”