Ford striking up telematics partnerships with insurtechs Wejo, CerebrumX & J.D. Power

Automaker Ford has been busy in the insurance and insurtech space lately, striking up partnerships with insurtechs Wejo, CerebrumX and J.D. Power-owned ChromeData for telematics and vehicle data functions, plus its foray into commercial insurance with Pie Insurance.

Wejo Group announced an expansion of insurance data services in collaboration with Ford. Wejo, a provider of connected, electric and autonomous vehicle data, linking with Ford, will make it possible for carriers to use this data to get insights on driving behavior.

Wejo’s cloud-based ADEPT platform processes this vehicle data. The insurtech works with other vehicle makers as well. ADEPT takes data from OEMs [original equipment manufacturers], manages the filtering and cleaning of that data and then puts that data through to insurers, explained Benoit Joly, chief commercial officer of Wejo.

Connected vehicle data addresses several issues for insurers. It’s no secret that connected vehicle data is the answer for automotive insurance going forward, for multiple reasons, including transparency and customer value. There’s a very long list of value propositions and use cases that can be applied to the problems, stemming from conversing with insurance carriers globally.

Wejo also manages drivers’ consent to collection of their data to be compliant with GDPR privacy regulation. GDPR governs Europe, but the U.S. and other countries are using it as a basis for their own privacy rules. Technically speaking platform-wise it’s absolutely no different for us to manage data from an OEM in Europe or in the U.S.

When partnering with insurtechs, Ford requires that insurers that want to use that data agree to comply with specific requirements around responsible use of the data, including gaining explicit consent from their customers.

Ford striking up telematics partnerships with insurtechs Wejo, CerebrumX & J.D. Power

CerebrumX Lab, an AI-driven automotive data management platform, announced it would begin using Ford’s connected vehicle telematics data to support a data-driven usage-based insurance (UBI) model for insurers.

CerebrumX also works with other OEMs including Chrysler, Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Hyundai and Kia. The platform has contracted access to 16 million to 18 million vehicles from OEMs in North America, with about 5 million of these vehicles from Ford.

CerebrumX’s partnership with Ford makes it possible for UBI insurers to get more accurate driving data to document safe driver behavior for rewards programs. This data can also be used by insurers to assess risk and customize policies. CerebrumX is using its Augmented Deep Learning Platform (ADLP) to manage the data for UBI coverage and risks.

Having this data makes it possible to credibly apply AI/ML and deep learning algorithms to include details on road conditions.

CerebrumX plans to add camera capabilities to ADLP, including both forward and cabin or interior facing cameras. To determine the real reason why a crash occurred, the circumstances could involve what was actually going on inside the cabin.

Was the driver distracted by any means, by a call or talking to a passenger or a backseat passenger or being in an inebriated condition? What was happening on the road? Was there a pedestrian crossing? Was there an animal that crossed the road? When you’re able to stitch all these data elements together in real time to recreate what happened in a crash, that is when you will have the real picture in terms of where the liability is set.

Ford and J.D. Power ChromeData partnered to provide Ford vehicle data to ChromeData’s VIN descriptions service.

Under the partnership, ChromeData will get vehicle information directly from Ford as the OEM, which in turn will make insurance quotes more accurate. With VIN data, insurers can determine what features a vehicle has, which is useful for insurers as well as auto financing and valuation. Adding Ford to its data, ChromeData will cover about 80% of all automotive brands in the US.

Not only does Ford’s vehicle build data further expand the benefits of our services, but it also provides dealers and other industry partners with a better understanding of which features come with each Ford and Lincoln vehicle.

by Yana Keller