Beginning this summer, insurance telematics giant Progressive will use data from OnStar, the subscription-based connected-car service from General Motors, to score drivers’ behavior and offer discounted auto insurance. OnStar also will offer driving metrics and safe-driving tips to customers who have opted into the program, comparing them to an aggregate of anonymous subscribers. INN spoke with Dave Pratt, general manager of usage-based insurance at Progressive, about the program and what’s next for insurance telematics.

INN: Is OnStar going to be installing Snapshot devices in these cars? Dave Pratt: No, that’s the beauty of this opportunity. OnStar customers will have the opportunity to use their device to share data with Progressive. We’ve had interest for a while in using built-in telematics devices as data sources for Snapshot, and this partnership with OnStar is the first real life implementation of that.

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