How connected cars will help manufacturers make inroads into insurance

insurancebusinessmag | June 21, 2019

How connected cars will help manufacturers make inroads into insurance
Dont let the delay fool you -Teslas jump into insurance is still on after CEO Elon Musk told shareholders that an insurance product will be launched following the completion of an unspecified acquisition.After announcing in April that Tesla planned to release its own insurance product, the automotive firm then revealed in May that the program will be launched through a relationship with State National Insurance Company, a subsidiary of Markel Corporation. Though this series of events has been met with some criticism -notably that of Warren Buffett -Tesla moving into the insurance space shouldnt have surprised anyone, says one expert.

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The enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), as well as the uncertainty surrounding many of its provisions as a whole, continue to affect the healthcare industry. Notably, complex risks arise due to the evolving nature of the healthcare system, as well as potential effects of additional changes in the event that the law is amended in the future.

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The enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), as well as the uncertainty surrounding many of its provisions as a whole, continue to affect the healthcare industry. Notably, complex risks arise due to the evolving nature of the healthcare system, as well as potential effects of additional changes in the event that the law is amended in the future.

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Carvana and Root, Inc. Exclusively Partner to Develop Industry-First Integrated Auto Insurance Solutions for Carvana Customers

Carvana | August 12, 2021

Carvana (NYSE: CVNA), the leading e-commerce platform for buying and selling used cars, and Root, Inc. (NASDAQ: ROOT), the parent company of Root Insurance Company (“Root”), the leading insurtech carrier, today announced an exclusive partnership to develop integrated auto insurance solutions for Carvana’s online car buying platform. In connection with the partnership, Carvana will invest approximately $126 million in Root, Inc., subject to customary regulatory approvals. “This integrated solution will give Root exclusive access to a scaled and growing channel of prospective customers at the important insurance decision point of buying a car, which positions us to deliver on an immediate customer need and drive sustainable policyholder growth.” “In Root, we have found a partner that shares our customer focus and technology-driven approach to delivering exceptional customer experiences. We are excited to build on the success of our existing partnership by creating a unique, integrated solution,” said Carvana CEO Ernie Garcia. “We look forward to introducing our customers to Root’s seamless insurance process and believe that this integrated offering will deepen and extend our customer relationships between transactions.” “Carvana has revolutionized the used car buying experience for consumers. This partnership further elevates the Carvana experience by integrating insurance alongside car purchasing and financing decisions,” said Root CEO Alex Timm. “This integrated solution will give Root exclusive access to a scaled and growing channel of prospective customers at the important insurance decision point of buying a car, which positions us to deliver on an immediate customer need and drive sustainable policyholder growth.” Under the terms of the investment agreement, Carvana will invest approximately $126 million of primary capital in Root, Inc. in a convertible preferred security, convertible at $9.00 per share, into approximately 14 million Class A shares in Root, Inc., or an ownership interest of approximately 5% on a fully diluted basis as of today. The investment agreement also provides CAbout Caarvana with warrants for Class A shares in Root, Inc. that are linked to the performance of the commercial partnership. Ardea Partners LP is serving as financial advisor and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP is acting as legal counsel to Root in connection with this transaction About Carvana Founded in 2012 and based in Phoenix, Carvana’s (NYSE: CVNA) mission is to change the way people buy cars. By removing the traditional dealership infrastructure and replacing it with technology and exceptional customer service, Carvana offers consumers an intuitive and convenient online car buying and financing platform. Carvana.com enables consumers to quickly and easily shop more than 45,000 vehicles, finance, trade-in or sell their current vehicle to Carvana, sign contracts, and schedule as-soon-as-next-day delivery or pickup at one of Carvana’s proprietary automated Car Vending Machines. About Root, Inc. Root, Inc. is the parent company of Root Insurance Company. Root is a technology company revolutionizing personal insurance with a pricing model based upon fairness and a modern customer experience. Root’s mobile-first customer experience is designed to make insurance simple.

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Zywave Named in 2021 Now Tech Report as Large Established Digital Insurance Agency Platform

Zywave | January 05, 2022

Leading insurtech provider, Zywave, has been named as one of two large established vendors in the end-to-end solution functionality segment for digital insurance agency platform providers, according to Forrester's "Now Tech: Digital Insurance Agency Platforms, Q4 2021" report. The report overviewed 13 digital insurance agency platform providers based on market presence and functionality. Zywave is categorized as one of two large established vendors within the digital insurance agency platform space that were classified in the end-to-end solution functionality segment. "We are pleased to be named in this Forrester report, Over the past few years, Zywave has made significant investments in research and development, as well as in the acquisitions of new technologies. Today, we are proud of this recognition in the end-to-end provider functionality segment." -Eric Rentsch, Zywave senior vice president of product management. The Forrester report is a vital industry resource offering precise insights on the technology services that agencies can use to operate more efficiently. The report helps to assess the value digital insurance agency platforms can provide and further breaks them down by size and functionally, enabling businesses to make more informed decisions. A key benefit of Zywave's platform is the ability to scale to the needs of their customers, no matter their size and across personal lines, commercial lines and employee benefits. As an end-to-end solution, Zywave enables agencies and carriers to simplify digital transformation as a platform that offers marketing automation applications, integrated digital client experience software, employee mobile apps, insurance knowledge base toolkits, and distribution and compliance management offerings. About Zywave Zywave leads the insurtech industry, fueling business growth for its partners with cloud-based sales management, client delivery, content and analytics solutions. Zywave's all-in-one platform provides customizable, user-friendly options that enable insurance professionals to build a unique solution to fit their specific growth goals—their own Modern RevOps Machine. More than 15,000 carriers, agencies and brokerages worldwide—including all of the top 100 U.S. insurance brokerages—use Zywave solutions to enhance client services, achieve business growth and promote greater health, wellness, risk management and safety.

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HawkSoft and vipHomeLink Announce Partnership to Offer Proactive Home Maintenance and Protections to Homeowners

vipHomeLink | January 20, 2022

HawkSoft, the Oregon-based insurance technology developer, and vipHomeLink, a leading InsurTech company focused on innovative digital home management solutions, announced a formal partnership today. vipHomeLink is the latest company to join HawkSoft's Referral Partner Program. Through this new relationship, vipHomeLink will offer a suite of digital home management tools for homeowners. Independent insurance agents can leverage vipHomeLink to enhance the protection they offer their insureds – expanding the care beyond coverage and into proactive home maintenance. vipHomeLink allows a homeowner to digitally track and organize key documents pertaining to their home, stay current with necessary inspections, and be proactive with maintenance. Agencies that provide vipHomeLink to their clients see an increase in engagement and a reduction in their loss ratios as they shift conversations from being reactive towards sudden claims to being proactive around home ownership. "Many agencies using HawkSoft to power their insurance businesses view themselves as not just selling insurance products but also providing knowledge and protection to their communities, Our partnership with vipHomeLink allows agencies to further expand their relationship with insureds beyond risk coverage and into proactive risk mitigation. It changes the narrative for the agent from managing claims to preventing problems." -Rushang Shah, VP of Marketing for HawkSoft. "We are very excited to be partnering with HawkSoft, a leader in the agency management world. Together, we can help drive client engagement for independent insurance agencies. Our solution helps make a policyholder's home safer and more enjoyable, which reflects back on the agency who made that possible." -Geoff Martin, vipHomeLink's President and Co-founder Independent agencies that use HawkSoft are eligible for special pricing on vipHomeLink's services and platform. About HawkSoft Since 1995, HawkSoft is a leader in management systems for independent insurance agencies that want effective workflows and a delightful experience for staff and policyholders. Created by independent agents, HawkSoft continues to evolve as a cutting-edge system that powers thousands of agencies. HawkSoft offers the following promise to insurance agents: your investment in HawkSoft will pay for itself in the first year. Learn more about HawkSoft's unique father-and-son story at www.hawksoft.com/story. About vipHomeLink vipHomeLink is a digital home management solution that helps homeowners maintain, organize, and improve their homes. The Company partners with insurance carriers, agencies and others across the insurance ecosystem to drive engagement with homeowners and improve home safety by building awareness of the home, providing customized reminders and home recommendations, and by sharing expert, multi-channel content with members. vipHomeLink is based in Morristown, New Jersey.

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