Kanetix Launches App That Gauges How You Drive, Whether You Could Get Cheaper Insurance

Kanetix, a Canadian car insurance comparison company, is challenging drivers to test their habits through a new mobile app that scores their driving, letting them know if they could qualify for auto insurance discounts.

DriveSmart is a hands-free app that helps Canadians gauge if they would benefit from usage-based insurance programs, which collect data from a device typically installed in a driver’s vehicle to provide safe drivers with auto insurance discounts of up to 25%.

“With our app, drivers get a taste of how usage-based insurance works.” says Andrew Lo, chief marketing officer at KANETIX. “The app will grade your driving skills similar to how car insurance companies measure drivers for UBI discounts. This will give drivers a sense for how their driving skills stack up, and a chance to improve their skills to maximize their savings.”

The app grades a driver’s driving style on several key components considered in a UBI program: acceleration, braking, and handling. It also takes into consideration speed, time of day, and trip duration, which is then factored into the driver’s overall score.

After downloading the app to a smart phone, the app runs in the background and automatically detects when you start driving. It’s completely hands-free so there’s no need to start or stop the app, or check your phone while driving—in fact, your driving score will be penalized if you do.

DriveSmart is available for iOS and Android.