ICBC Launches New Driver Smartphone Techpilot Project

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The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) is now looking for new drivers to help test its smartphone Techpilot project.

“ICBC is taking the next step into telematics research with a one-year pilot project—this time recruiting as many as 7,000 drivers to see if technology can improve their driving and make B.C. roads safer,” explained ICBC.

Here’s who can participate in this Techpilot project, which comes with a partnership with Italy’s Octo:

  • A smartphone with a data plan and Bluetooth capability (iOS 10 or higher, or Android 6.0 and higher) and
  • Received their Class 7N driver’s licence with the last four years or
  • Less than four years of combined experience (7N and full licence)

Those looking to participate will also require access to a vehicle. ICBC says it will inform registered owners or lessees of vehicles you’ll be participating in the pilot.

Confirmed participants will need to install a small telematics device in the vehicle, download an app to their smartphone and pair it with the device. Next, just drive normally and the telematics device will start gathering your driving data, such as speed, distance and braking for a year.

ICBC says good driving will be rewarded with chances to win gift cards and more, essentially using gamification for newer drivers. Data is collected in the background so there will be no distractions while on the road.

“We’re pleased to partner with Octo, a leader in the telematics industry. This Techpilot project will enable us to better understand the role that technology can play in reducing crashes for inexperienced drivers. But safer roads start with every driver making a conscious decision to focus on the road. Let’s all do our part to create a safer driving culture in B.C.,” said Nicolas Jimenez, ICBC President and CEO.

ICBC says ultimately they want “to explore if telematics can help reduce crashes and improve driver behaviour.”

You can click here to sign up for the ICBC Techpilot.