London UK – European Telematics Conference – May 8 – Deutsche Telekom and DriveFactor are today announcing a complete usage-based insurance (UBI) solution that enables motor insurers to offer their customers special benefits for driving safely. The offer is based on a machine-to-machine (M2M) solution that evaluates driving behaviour.
For the insurer it is a turnkey solution—from the tracking module and SIM card for the insured person’s vehicle to the platform services and statistical evaluation of driving data. The UBI or pay-as-you drive (PAYD) insurance concept is equally attractive for insurers and their customers. Those insured benefit from the reduction in the premium paid in return for taking part in the programme. Insurers can automate processes such as first notification of loss on the basis of the M2M solution and thereby respond faster to insurance claims. Furthermore, the turnkey solution is provided at a fixed monthly rate.
Jürgen Hase, Head of Deutsche Telekom’s M2M Competence Centre says: “Jointly with our partner DriveFactor, we offer insurers a complete single-source UBI service—from the hardware to integrating evaluated driving data into their IT systems”.
DriveFactor was shortlisted twice for this year’s Telematics Update Awards – as a 2012/13 Industry Newcomer and in the Best Insurance Telematics Product or Service Launch category.
“In cooperation with Deutsche Telekom we can equip insurers around the world with our telematics technology,” says DriveFactor’s CEO, Steve McKay. “We specialise in usage based insurance programs which are easy to implement and consumer oriented.”
The ease of deployment of the self-installed devices and smartphone apps developed by DriveFactor accelerates the product’s time to market. Motorists can fix a device (compatible with most cars manufactured since 1996 in North America and since 2001 in Europe) to their car’s 16-pin OBD-II diagnostic connector themselves. With the aid of several sensors and a GPS receiver the device recognises, for example, how the car accelerates and brakes and takes bends or curves. After the journey the device transmits the data it has collected to a DriveFactor server via the cellular phone network. The server evaluates the data and relays it to the insurer.
Customers can view their personal data and evaluation on web and mobile portals. That makes individually reduced insurance premiums transparent and comprehensible. They also receive feedback on their driving that motivates them to drive safely. To protect the customer’s data, DriveFactor relays vehicle information as per the terms and conditions of the person’s agreement with the insurer. This is typically information such as mileage, braking, acceleration, and time of day. DriveFactor also relays a total driving score to the insurer which can be used to calculate the savings earned by safer driving.
In Germany the market consists of an estimated 40 million vehicles and in Great Britain an estimated 25 million vehicles.
Deutsche Telekom is one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies with more than 132 million mobile customers, over 32 million fixed-network lines and 17 million broadband lines (December 31, 2012). The Group provides products and services for the fixed network, mobile communications, the Internet and IPTV for consumers, and ICT solutions for business customers and corporate customers. Deutsche Telekom is present in around 50 countries and has 230,000 employees worldwide. The Group generated revenues of EUR 58.2 billion in the 2012 financial year – more than half of it outside Germany (December 31, 2012).