Mercury Insurance Launches MercuryGO for Texas Drivers [PRNewswire]
Mercury's usage-based insurance app could save customers up to 40% or more on auto insurance and gives Lone Star State drivers a virtual driving coach
LOS ANGELES, July 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Today, Mercury Insurance announced that the company has made its usage-based insurance app, MercuryGO, available to drivers in Texas to help improve driving skills and traffic safety. The app acts as a virtual driving coach, providing skill scores that give real-time feedback about driving behavior. Mercury auto insurance policyholders who enroll to use the app immediately receive a 5% participation discount and teen drivers will receive up to a 10% discount. Then, when MercuryGO customers renew their policies, they could receive a discount of up to 40% in addition to their participation discount, depending upon their driving score.
“Driving safety is a very important issue for Mercury and we continually look for ways to help educate drivers of all ages on the importance of being alert behind the wheel, while also equipping them with the skills to avoid potentially dangerous driving behaviors,” said Sherrie Schreck, customer service project manager at Mercury Insurance. “Most auto collisions are preventable, so MercuryGO is a simple way to help keep drivers focused on their main task and, as a result, reduce fatalities and serious injuries. Plus, they could also end up saving a lot of money with this program.”
The Texas Department of Transportation reports there were 3,652 motor vehicle traffic fatalities in 2018. Additionally:
- There were 12,186 serious injury crashes, with 14,937 people sustaining serious injuries.
- At least one person died on a Texas roadway every day due to distracted driving.
- Speeding, phone use, hard braking and following too closely are common causes of crashes.
The MercuryGO app generates a driving skill score, which is calculated based on categories that are closely correlated with car crashes: excessive speeding, hard braking, distracted driving (i.e., phone motion and screen interaction), and road type.
Cambridge Mobile Telematics (CMT), Mercury’s technology partner, is the world’s largest smartphone telematics provider, winning multiple awards. CMT is the pioneer of: usage-based insurance with smartphones (in 2012); the measurement of phone distraction (2013); behavior-based insurance (2014); and real-time crash alerts with roadside assistance (2015).
“Mercury Insurance is utilizing the DriveWell platform to help drivers reduce distracted driving, speeding, and hard braking by keeping them engaged and providing timely feedback,” said Ryan McMahon, CMT’s Vice President of Insurance and Government Affairs. “MercuryGO will help make Texas roads safer and has the potential to reduce the number of car collisions, injuries and fatalities.”