While You Were Busy, You May Have Missed These

March 22, 2019

“The problem is that those of us who are lucky enough to do work that we love are sometimes cursed with too damn much of it.”
Terry Gross, All I Did Was Ask: Conversations with Writers, Actors, Musicians, and Artists

Because you are so busy, you may sometimes miss stories you wish you had caught. You didn’t ask, but here are some recent ones you may have missed.

Why Drivers, Like Pilots, Should Be Trained to Use Autonomous Features

Decades ago when automation was first deployed in airplane cockpits, there was little front end training for pilots on how these systems worked. This led to new kinds of crashes, and ultimately pushed the industry to increase the training offered for these systems. Here two researchers warn that while autonomous-feature vehicles will reduce common crash scenarios, the lack of educated drivers could lead to a slew of other types of accidents.

Judge Grants NRA Bid to Question N.Y. Ex-Official Over Insurance Inquiry

A judge in Albany has ruled the gun-rights organization may depose Maria Vullo, former superintendent at the New York Department of Financial Services who led an investigation into an NRA insurance program called Carry Guard. The New York regulator determined last year that the product is unlawful.

New Forms, Rate Hikes Likely in 2019 Texas Homeowners Insurance Market

To counter their experiences in 2016 and 2017, carriers are continuing to file rate increases. They also have been raising deductibles. And there are additional filings for actual cash value (ACV) roof options, cosmetic damage exclusions and the ISO personal flood policy.

Industry Awaits Florida Supreme Court Decision on Post-Loss AOB Policy Language

The case will have far-reaching implications on how insurers can limit the use of an assignment of benefits, a practice that insurance regulators and the industry contend is being abused by attorneys and contractors.

Nevada Mulling ‘Textalyzer’ Tech That Scans Cellphones After Crashes

Nevada may become one of the first states to allow police to use a contentious technology to find out if a person was using a cellphone during a car crash. Law enforcement officials argue that distracted driving is underreported and that weak punishments do little to stop drivers. The measure is igniting privacy concerns.

Luxembourg Attracts 50 Firms for Their Post-Brexit EU Headquarters

The list of insurers, funds and banks that are selecting Luxembourg as a post-Brexit site for operations includes insurance giant American International Group, private-equity firm Blackstone, RSA Insurance Group, U.S. insurer FM Global, Lloyd’s of London insurer Hiscox and asset manager M&G Investments.

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