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Amazon Protect

Amazon is in the insurance business. The retail giant is offering Amazon Protect across Europe. The policy covers accidental damage, breakdowns and theft of objects. Coverage is for two to four years from the delivery of the product. All these incidents are thus covered.

This major retailer is considering offering home insurance as well. Rivals in the industry are worried. At the S & P Global Ratings insurance conference, analysts assured competitors that there was no reason to panic. Joshua Shanker, a Deutsche Bank AG analyst stated that initially Amazon would offer a “bare-bones” policy.

Last year insurers in the US and Canada generated $92 billion of premium from homeowners. Another point made was that it is time consuming to set up the legal entities needed to underwrite risk.

Amazon has made moves into other big regulated industries. Pharmacy companies were nervous when Amazon acquired licences in more than a dozen states to sell healthcare products as a wholesaler. The retailer has an edge over competitors in that its vast store of data on consumers could be a tool for pricing insurance.

Furthermore, Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffett and Jamie Dimon want to fix healthcare. A partnership has been developed between Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan Chase. The latter is the nation’s largest bank. Together they believe that one of the country’s biggest problems is soaring healthcare costs.

The new company is still unnamed. However, a spokesperson said that the new company will be “free from profit-making incentives and constraints”. There are 840,000 global employees between these three companies. Initially they will concentrate on providing health cover for these employees. They will not offer a product to other companies.

The three companies mentioned have extraordinary resources. Berkshire Hathaway which owns the auto-insurer Geico is a big player in the insurance and re-insurance business.

Ride Sharing Insurance

Uber, Lyft and other ride share drivers are being offered new insurance products. These products can cover both personal auto use and ride-sharing insurance.

State Farm is offering a ride sharing endorsement in Colorado.

Farmers has expanded their coverage to Arizona, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Nevada, Oklahoma, Ohio and Texas. Many of these states are seeing ride share coverage for the first time.

USAA has expanded their ride sharing insurance coverage options to California.

Metromile

Available for Uber drivers in Callifornia, Illinois and Washington Metromile offers per mile insurance. This means therefore that the more you drive, the more you pay. They give you a special dongle. You plug this into your car. It then tracks how far you travel.

This company has partnered with Uber to create a unique offering by tracking your car with their dongle. It matches up with your Uber rides. Metromile can thus see which rides are personal and which are business. The business miles are subtracted and you are then only charged for your personal miles.

The insurance company is only integrated with Uber. They therefore will only subtract trips accepted through the Uber app.

If you’re an Uber driver and live in California, Illinois or Washington, you can therefore use their website to get a quote.

Geico

Available in Virginia, Maryland, Texas, Georgia, Connecticut, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Geico’s ride sharing insurance appears easy to understand. Their product is much cheaper than Geico’s other commercial auto insurance products.

Progressive

This product is available in Pennsylvania.

Their rates are close to a personal auto insurance policy. Progressive told the Post Gazette that the rates would be adjusted based on the mileage driver as a ride share driver. They did not however say how they would gather the data.

USAA

Available in California, Colorado and Texas.

Instead of coming up with an entirely new commercial insurance product, USAA’s ride sharing insurance extends your existing personal policy to the tune of $6 to $8 extra per month. This makes getting ride sharing insurance an easy and therefore cheap process for existing USAA customers.

Farmers

Available for all ride share drivers in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, Minnesota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin.

Their ride sharing insurance exists as an additional endorsement. This is on top of their personal auto insurance product. Farmer’s product will cover personal miles as well as the insurance gap. It will not however cover drivers while a passenger is in their car. Farmer’s ride share insurance product will cost drivers an additional 25% on their existing Farmers auto insurance coverage.

Allstate

Allstate has a product called Allstate Ride for Hire. Ride for Hire is an additional endorsement. This is on top of your normal Allstate auto insurance that specifically covers ride sharing. They estimate that it will thus add an additional $15 to $20 to your premium every month.