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The Benefits Of Adopting Telematics In Auto Insurance
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The Benefits Of Adopting Telematics In Auto Insurance

By Rajarshi April 25, 2023 - 121 views

Telematics systems have become mainstream throughout the automotive industry. Many experts feel they have the potential to completely revolutionise and transform the sector. Based on reports by Bloomberg NEF, close to 1.2 billion cars were plying in the year 2022, while this could reach a staggering 1.5 billion vehicles by the year 2039 as per estimates.

This naturally calls for a revamped auto insurance mechanism, which takes things like driver behavior into account. This has been an offshoot of the usage-based insurance model in the automotive insurance space.

Due to the continual increase in car volumes, the global auto sector is poised to touch a staggering USD$1.4 trillion in revenues by the year 2040. This will be backed by stringent regulations worldwide which make insurance coverage compulsory, along with systems for tracking and penalties, in order to scale up auto insurance penetration throughout owners.

In a more traditional context, insurance companies usually emphasised upon things like the vehicle age, location, and motor vehicle reports for working out the premiums and risks. 

However, telematics systems are now enabling the evaluation of driving habits with a view towards more effective estimates of risks and pricing. These programs are increasingly driven by technologies like IoT (Internet of Things) and data analytics, thereby becoming disruptors for the segment in recent years.

If you look at it objectively, North America is already the biggest market for telematics-driven insurance, with close to a whopping 22 million policies active from top companies. The global market for telematics systems in insurance should touch USD$6.2 billion in 2025, indicating 22.7% in CAGR (compounded annual growth rate) as per Grand View Research reports. What does this tell us? Telematics is here to stay. 

What is telematics and how is it relevant in insurance?

  • UBI (usage-based interface) or telematics fuses informatics and telecommunications, which is the foundation for data processing, with an aim towards retrieval and storage. 
  • Insurers put tracking devices into vehicles which receive, store, and send telemetry information/data on the onboard diagnostics of the vehicle, enabling wireless communication.
  • Vehicle-based data is collected, including the location, speed, harsh braking, idle time, and fuel consumption. This is given on a real-time basis to car owners and insurance companies via tracking devices or smartphone apps.

What are the biggest advantages of telematics?

Some of the top advantages of telematics systems in vehicles include the following: 

  • Insured policyholders can lower their premium costs through the adoption of safe driving practices/habits. 
  • Insurance companies can better analyse risks of possible accidents and predict the possibilities of claims in the future. 
  • Insurance companies can provide rewards and value-added incentives for scaling up customer retention, loyalty, and satisfaction. 
  • Insurance companies have a much fairer and more effective method of risk and premium estimation with telematics. 
  • Telematics offers valid and accurate data regarding the vehicle functions and driver behavior, which ensure actionable insights for processing claims. It also contributes towards reducing any fraudulent claims or losses. 
  • Insurance companies are seeing the evolution of models like distance-based/pay how you drive/pay as you drive/control your drive insurance options. 
  • Dashboard cameras in tandem with telematics can help insurers gain better insights on the reasons behind accidents and get more knowledge of the same. 
  • Telematics in insurance removes several hurdles throughout the supply chain, right from underwriting and claims management to serving customers. 
  • These devices also lead to higher awareness and alertness amongst drivers who wish to improve their driving behavior, patterns, and scores. Hence, it may contribute towards lower accidents on the road. 
  • These technologies may contribute greatly towards lowering crime rates globally. 

Telematics can thus be a major boon in the auto insurance space, with huge potential not just for personal vehicle insurance, but also for fleets and logistics players. It offers more transparency in premium and risk evaluation, while lowering the chances of accidents and other mishaps.

It will keep evolving gradually throughout the world, until it becomes an accepted form of auto insurance. At the moment, it is steadily being recognised and implemented by insurance companies and should have its boom moment in the near future.

FAQs

How can telematics be used in auto insurance?

Auto insurance companies can use telematics to determine the driving behavior and vehicle operations of policyholders, using actionable data for evaluating risks and premiums. Telematics can also offer higher insights on mishaps and accidents, thereby helping with claims management. 


What are the benefits of using telematics in auto insurance?

Telematics helps in accurately estimating risks of policyholders and their premiums. Good drivers get incentivised with lower premiums and rewards. At the same time, fraudulent claims and losses are minimised with this system. 


What are the challenges of implementing telematics in auto insurance?

Some of the challenges include data privacy and other regulations, since location-based information is received, stored, and shared. Other challenges include technological integration and awareness-building. 


Are there any examples of successful implementation of telematics in auto insurance?

Some examples of telematics-based auto insurance models include control your drive, pay as you drive, pay how you drive, and distance-based insurance.

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