On-Demand Insurance to Play Major Role in Industry’s Future: IUA Research

October 18, 2019

On-demand insurance will play a fundamental role in the future of the industry, according to research published by the International Underwriting Association (IUA).

Pay-as-you go models of cover will allow customers to automatically activate policies, when and where they need them, said the IUA, which represents the London company market.

“In the future insurance will be based around whatever you are doing. You will be in your house and your insurance will be active and when you leave your front door your premium will step up as it is now unoccupied. You will then get into a shared economy car and your phone will interact and automatically trigger your insurance for that journey,” said Tom Chamberlain, underwriting manager General Aviation and Aerospace, London, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty.

In the report, he outlined how premiums will be adjusted according to data on a person’s location and activity.

“Your insurance will follow you as you go and as your activity changes. It will no longer be a manual process and could realistically work for everything you do requiring insurance,” Chamberlain explained.

Chamberlain’s comments were just one of the predictions contained in a series of interviews conducted by the IUA’s Developing Technology Monitoring Group.

Titled “On-demand and conquer: is the future of insurance a pay-as-you-go one?”, the report looks at questions such as the role of big data corporations and tech start-ups in exploiting new technology, the availability of data and fraud risks.

Also discussed is the potential for on-demand insurance models to access new markets and customers.

A case study is presented with Flock, Europe’s first “pay-as-you-fly” drone insurance product, which was launched last year. Users enter flight details and receive a quote that is influenced in real time by factors such as time of day, location and flight conditions.

The IUA Developing Technology Monitoring Group was first established in 2016 in order to harness expertise and interest in new technologies from across a number of traditional lines of business. The on-demand report follows previous publications examining technology surrounding autonomous vehicles and aviation drones.

Copies of the IUA’s Developing Technology Monitoring Group research are freely available from Tom Hughes (tom.hughes@iua.co.uk) on +44 20 7617 5445.

Source: International Underwriting Association (IUA)

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