The Insurer of the Future - Part 1

The Insurer of the Future will do little auto business. Insurers that remain focused on this segment will shrink drastically or fail.

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In last summer’s blog series, I looked at the impact of digital on the insurance industry’s barriers to entry. Now I’ll change the perspective and ask, in response to digital and other pressures, “What will the Insurer of the Future look like?” Auto/Motor Insurance The Insurer of the Future will do very little business in the auto/motor market. Insurers that remain focused on this segment (whether personal or commercial lines) will either shrink dramatically or fail. See also: When Will the Driverless Car Arrive?   As I said last year, once fully driverless cars become the norm, then:
  1. Accident rates will be diminished dramatically.
  2. There will no longer be drivers to insure.
  3. But it’s actually even worse than that for insurers: Thefts will be minimized, too, as vehicles can be disabled remotely.
  4. Fire and malicious damage cover will no longer be needed, as personal and business vehicle ownership is increasingly replaced by manufacturers supplying "vehicles as a service";
  5. With the majority of vehicles still being owned by manufacturers, those manufacturers will increasingly self-insure – at best taking some reinsurance cover from the industry for catastrophic software failures.
All of the above won’t happened overnight – but the trends are already there. See also: 7 Steps for Inventing the Future   Part 2 will focus on underwriting and pricing. 


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Alan Walker

Alan Walker is an international thought leader, strategist and implementer, currently based in the U.S., on insurance digital transformation.

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