U.S. wireless carrier Sprint
Sprint said its new Integrated Insurance Solutions unit would let companies offer what are known as "usage-based insurance" programs.
Such programs, most notably Progressive Corp's
Sprint said it would offer insurers a complete package -- the tracking hardware, wireless services to transmit the data and access to the software needed to score driver behavior.
Industry consultants say more than 30 North American insurers are looking at some sort of usage-based program, though barriers to entry can be high. By some estimates it can take carriers as long as five years to develop, conduct trials on and fully launch their own nationwide program.
Progressive recently expanded its own program to non-customers, letting them try the hardware to see what kind of discount they might earn if they switched.
Sprint said it had been working with Allstate
(Reporting by Ben Berkowitz in Boston; Editing by Dale Hudson)