China internet giants in insurance. HealthSherpa picks up new funding. This week in insurance tech.
Distracted driving was a common theme in the recent earnings calls of publicly-traded P&C insurers. The impact on rising auto insurance rates from deadly accidents spurred by distracted driving is highlighted in the graphic below.
We’ve seen some recent moves by insurers in this regard. AmFam, for example, partnered with startups Automatic and TrueMotion, as part of its recently launched driver safety program, KnowYourDrive.
Meanwhile, Tesla’s earnings call suggested a different auto insurance future. As Elon Musk and Tesla VP of Investor Relations Jeff Evanson said,
Evanson: We’ve been doing it quietly, but in Asia in particular where we started this, now the majority of Tesla cars are sold with an insurance product that is customized to Tesla, that takes into account not only the Autopilot safety features but also the maintenance costs of the car. It’s our vision in the future that we’ll be able to offer a single price for the car, maintenance and insurance in a really compelling offering for the consumer.
Musk:If we need to we’ll insource it, but I think we’ll find that insurance partners do adjust rates proportionate to the risk of a Tesla.
On a separate note, another major fintech player in China, CreditEase, saw its online insurance agency unit this week raise $11M in new funds at a $200M valuation. CreditEase Insurance Agency sells insurance products in China on behalf of more than 50 domestic and overseas insurers.
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