blablacar launches a coach for safer driving

© Courtesy of BlaBlaCar The BlaBlaCar Coach app is available with a co-branded annual car insurance product called "BlaBlaCar Assurance par L’olivier."

BlaBlaCar is launching a new car insurance offer, the carpooling company has announced. Drivers who sign up to the coverage plan will be able to benefit from a dedicated application that analyzes their driving habits and behavior during trips, in order to provide advice on safer driving.

This insurance offer was designed in response to driver needs, the company states. Drivers subscribing to "BlaBlaCar Assurance par L'olivier" will have access to an exclusive application -- a sort of driving coach that will accompany them throughout their various journeys.

BlaBlaCar Coach, developed by the Swiss Re group, can be activated at the beginning of each trip. It will then analyze driving behaviors during each journey, as well as good and bad habits, before providing personalized advice and recommendations for safer driving.

But carpooling itself could already have a direct impact on road safety, according to BlaBlaCar. In 2015, a study showed that 80% of BlaBlaCar members were more scrupulous in respecting traffic regulations when driving with passengers in their car.

Note that this insurance is available to all drivers (in France), whether or not they use the BlaBlaCar carpooling service.

David Bénard

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