Weekly Brief: Innovative insurance telematics bundles

In this week’s Brief: Autocar, smart, Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy, Carrot, Garmin, the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System, NNG, Appello, Turkcell, HARMAN, Mazda and Citroen.

It’s a universal principal that people think themselves to be better drivers than they actually are. Insurance telematics, in revealing statistics about how people really drive, is one sure way to find out. But once you’ve disillusioned the bad drivers, how do you improve their skill set?

Last week, Autocar launched a new solution, Autocar Start, that attempts to take a comprehensive approach – by bundling telematics and insurance premiums with professional instruction.

Autocar Start specifically targets young drivers with a provisional license, offering them a new smart fortwo coupé pulse, 40 hours of professional instruction from the Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy and a usage-based insurance package from Carrot, all for £299/month over three years.

Carrot will provide an in-car black box data recorder that measures acceleration, braking, swerving, and the number and length of journeys made. It will also highlight if drivers need additional training. Autocar Start will roll out as a pilot in various cities around Europe this month.

“The cost of owning a car, insuring it and getting the right training to be as safe as possible on the roads is prohibitive, so we set out to put together a competitively priced package that offers peace of mind for the driver and the bill payer,” says Autocar editor Jim Holder.

In other news, Garmin unveiled a new portable head-up display (HUD) for smartphone navigation apps. The display projects directions onto a transparent film on the windshield or an attached reflector lens.

The display receives navigation information from a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone running a Garmin StreetPilot or NAVIGON app. Head-up displays have been around for years but have so far failed to gain mainstream adoption, mostly because of high costs. It remains to be seen how Garmin’s new after-market device performs.

The device goes on sale for a recommended price of $129.99.

On the GPS front, India successfully launched its first navigation satellite, IRNSS-1, into space. Seven navigation satellites will ultimately constitute the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), which will offer both standard positioning services and restricted services for the Indian region. India hopes to have the whole system functional by 2015 or 2016, a three-year delay from the original target of 2012.

Also in India, NNG upgraded its navigation app for the iPhone, the ANS Navigator App, to include a suite of location-based services. The app’s new India Local Guide offers more than 1,300 points of interests, from entertainment and leisure to dining, tourist attractions, gas stations and medical resources for 35 Indian cities. Powered by NNG’s iGO Navigation, the app also includes standard turn-by-turn directions and traffic updates.

In Turkey, Appello rolled out a similar package of location-based services for its YolBilgisi Navigator app. The app will offer real-time traffic updates, alongside search and share functionality to highlight local points of interest. Appello is partnering with communications company Turkcell on the initiative. The two aim to deliver additional solutions on the LBS front to Turkey in the years ahead.

Appello also rolled out a new version of Wisepilot, its mobile navigation solution, to include live traffic information. Wisepilot 5.0 now opens to a live map of current traffic conditions, showing animated traffic flow and small icons that display the average speed of the traffic in real time.

When in navigation mode, the app immediately notifies users about changes to surrounding traffic situation and recommends alternatives. Initially the 5.0 release will be available on Google Play, Blackberry App World (BB10 only) and Amazon App Stores. iOS version is coming soon.

In infotainment news, HARMAN announced that the new 2014 Mazda3 will offer access to HARMAN’s free Aha service. Aha uses the Harman Cloud Platform to enable web-based entertainment and information in vehicles using a radio-like format.

With Aha, Mazda drivers will have access to Internet music services, radio stations, news, entertainment, audiobooks, Facebook and Twitter feeds, and personalized location-based services, such as weather. The 2014 Mazda3 will trundle onto dealership lots this fall in North America and Europe.

Finally, Citroen announced that its new Grand C4 Picasso will come with a full-digital driving interface equipped with a portal of connected apps. Dubbed “Citroen Multicity Connect,” the portal will offer everything from a fuel app, which guides drivers to the closest gas station, to POIs from Yellow Pages and Trip Advisor.

Each app will be integrated with the vehicle to deliver pertinent information, such as fuel level, speed and location.

The Weekly Brief is a round-up of the week’s top telematics news, combining TU analysis with information from industry press releases.

Andrew Tolve is a regular contributor to TU.

For all the latest telematics trends, check out V2V & V2I for Auto Safety USA 2013 on July 9-10 in Novi, MI, Insurance Telematics USA 2013 on September 4-5 in Chicago, Telematics Russia 2013 in September in Moscow, Telematics LATAM 2013 in September in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Telematics Japan 2013 on October 8-10 in Tokyo and Telematics Munich 2013 on November 11-12.

For exclusive telematics business analysis and insight, check out TU’s reports: Telematics Connectivity Strategies Report 2013The Automotive HMI Report 2013Insurance Telematics Report 2013 and Fleet & Asset Management Report 2012.

The Weekly Brief is a round-up of the week’s top telematics news, combining TU analysis with information from industry press releases.

Andrew Tolve is a regular contributor to TU.

For all the latest telematics trends, check out V2V & V2I for Auto Safety USA 2013 on July 9-10 in Novi, MI, Insurance Telematics USA 2013 on September 4-5 in Chicago, Telematics Russia 2013 in September in Moscow, Telematics LATAM 2013 in September in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Telematics Japan 2013 on October 8-10 in Tokyo and Telematics Munich 2013 on November 11-12.

For exclusive telematics business analysis and insight, check out TU’s reports: Telematics Connectivity Strategies Report 2013The Automotive HMI Report 2013Insurance Telematics Report 2013 and Fleet & Asset Management Report 2012.

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