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Allstate (Northbrook, Ill.) has announced its membership in the Intelligent Car Coalition (ICC; Washington, D.C.), a group that joins together stakeholders in the auto, communications, technology and insurance industries dedicated to creating a safer, more efficient transportation system with autonomous and other advanced technologies.
In a statement announcing its membership, Allstate states that it views ICC as a group of like thinkers addressing issues of data access and ownership, safety, and liability concerns who can come together to shape the future of personal transportation.
“The way people get from point A to point B is constantly changing, and we’re changing with them,” comments Don Civgin, president, Allstate Service Businesses. “We’re leaning into the change in the personal transportation system because we see it as the single biggest opportunity to create economic wealth for everybody in America.”
In the statement, Allstate characterizes itself as a leader in advancing the conversation to help create a more efficient, safer personal transportation system. The company says that its data and telematics knowledge brings a unique viewpoint that will strengthen the ICC’s ability to move the discussion forward on protecting America’s drivers in the future.
“The new transportation ecosystem relies on vital technologies such as advanced data, sensors, infrastructure, automation and connectivity,” comments Catherine McCullough, Executive Director, ICC. “Allstate has been serving consumers in transportation for decades, and its expertise in policy conversations about these technologies will help us shape thoughtful solutions to make this ecosystem more beneficial for society.”
McCullough will moderate an upcoming panel session at SXSW titled Crowdsourcing the Safety Benefits of New Mobility. Allstate’s Civgin will join her and other founding members of the coalition to discuss how to improve the overall driving experience. Civgin leads Allstate’s Service Businesses, which include its car-sharing initiative; Allstate Dealer Services; Arity; Allstate Roadside Services; and Answer Financial. These units focus on enhancing a customer’s driving experience through connected technology and telematics data, which can make transportation safer and more personalized.