Could Aviva’s New Android App Save You Money On Car Insurance?

Aviva is testing out a new Android smartphone app which has the potential to save new customers money on your car insurance.

Aviva RateMyDrive app

The RateMyDrive app builds up a profile of your driving style; accelerating, braking and cornering, over a distance of 200 miles. Using the data gathered, you could save up to 20% on your premiums – Aviva say that the app won’t increase your premium, and they expect 20% of new customers to acheive the maximum 20% saving.

The app is available for testing for owners with an Android phone (version 2.2 and above) who pay more than £200 for car insurance. An iPhone version of the app is also in the pipeline. The current version is only available to customers who are not insured through Aviva Рan app for existing Aviva customers is also on its way.

The app uses GPS to collect the information on your driving behaviour, and then sends the data to Aviva within 3 weeks of the journey once it can connect to a wi-fi connection. You’re not obliged to record every journey, but you’ll only get a tailored quote once you’ve completed 200 miles of journeys.

GPS has been used to good effect in exercise apps (keeping track of joggers, cyclists etc) for a while, and now we see one of the first uses by an insurer. I’m sure it won’t be the first, and it could prove a useful benefit for safe drivers.

But what’s stopping a boy-racer getting their safe-driving parents using the app for the necessary 200 miles to get them a discount?

To join the test team, register your interest on the Aviva website.

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One thought on “Could Aviva’s New Android App Save You Money On Car Insurance?

  1. This sounds like a great app, I hope it works better than the tracking boxes that some car insurance firms choose to fit in the dashboard of the car- these are inaccurate in my experience. I find it slightly strange that they are trialling it on Android as opposed to Apple, most tend to trial their new products on iOS.

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