MetLife Auto and Home has launched a mobile application for its usage-based insurance program, My Journey.

The mobile program is available in four states, Michigan, New Jersey, Utah, and Wisconsin. The app, which was developed in partnership with insurtech company TrueMotion, tracks total miles driven, time of day, road type and conditions, hard braking and harsh acceleration, and phone-based distracted driving, in order to arrive at a score for each trip. Enrollment is worth a 10% discount; after six months, the discount can be as high as 30% if drivers' scores are satisfactory.

“Today’s drivers face more distractions on the road than ever, which increases the risk of driving and puts upward pressure on car insurance rates,” noted Mick Noland, SVP of product management, MetLife Auto & Home. “That’s why we’ve leveraged the very latest smartphone technology to not only track drivers’ mileage to help them get the best possible rates, but also assist in keeping them and others safer on the roads. ”

My Journey is also available through on-board devices in eight other states, MetLife says.

The news came as usage-based insurance research Ptolemus Consulting Group released key stats on the UBI market. There are currently more than 7 million UBI policyholders in North America, the company reported, and the smartphone is the fastest-growing data-collection device in the region as well. North American insurers that have launched mobile-based UBI programs this year include Farmers, Liberty Mutual and Desjardins.

Nathan  Golia

Nathan Golia

Nathan Golia is editor-in-chief of Digital Insurance. Nathan.Golia@sourcemedia.com