Insurance Corporation of British Columbia’s (ICBC) has launched a one-year project, Techpilot, for newly licensed drivers. The goal of the initiative, which launched in January, is to validate that telematics can modify driving behavior for the better.

ICBC chose OCTO Telematics, as the technology provider for the pilot. OCTO’s Digital Driver insurance telematics mobile app-based solution selected by ICBC provides data and insights into driving behaviour and associated risk.

“This Techpilot initiative will enable us to better understand the role that technology can play in reducing crashes for inexperienced drivers,” said Myrthee Blanco, ICBC’s Senior Director of Product and Customer Strategy.

“Safer roads start with every driver making a conscious decision to focus on the road. This partnership is another step towards our goal of creating a safer driving culture in British Columbia.”

Participants in the Techpilot will use a combination of their smartphone and OCTO-provisioned Smart Tag to detect and score driving behaviours such as speeding, braking, and cellphone use.

Half of the pilot’s participants will fully interact with OCTO’s Digital Driver including receiving their score, feedback, and safe driving rewards in the form of gift cards to popular retailers and restaurants. The remaining participants will be limited to receiving rewards solely based on their participation in the Techpilot.

The pilot results will inform and optimize ICBC’s telematics strategy and plan.

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