Progressive Insurance and Zubie, a third-party connected car service provider, now are partnering to offer Progressive Snapshot coverage to Zubie customers. According to the companies, this is the first partnership in the United States in which an insurer is offering a safe-driving discount based on data collected by a third-party connected car service provider.

“With Snapshot, we’re always looking for ways to help more people participate in the program and save money on their auto insurance. Now Zubie customers can take advantage of this option using their Zubie Key,” said Dave Pratt, general manager of usage-based insurance for Progressive. “By using the driving data that the customer is already sharing with Zubie, we make the process even easier for customers.”

Zubie, a startup in the emerging connected car space. Zubie drivers plug in the Zubie Key into their car’s on-board diagnostic port and the program then provides feedback directly to the drivers’ Android or iPhone device. The information is intended to help drivers make safer, smarter decisions about their driving behavior. Through this partnership, Zubie offers customers the option of sharing their driver data with Progressive in order to earn a discount on auto insurance through Progressive’s Snapshot program.

“Progressive and Zubie share the same vision of making the road safer by arming customers with the right tools to make smart decisions about their driving habits,” said Tim Kelly, Zubie CEO. “This partnership empowers consumers by providing valuable driving data and insights to help them both drive better and save money.”

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