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Confused.com rewards good driving with a new mobile phone app

Confused.com have launched their new MotorMate app an easy to use mobile phone app that monitors driving behaviour and rewards good drivers

 

Confused.com – MotorMate app First Review

The thought of having a telematics device fitted to their car may worry some drivers, however Confused.com have come up with a solution the Motormate driving app.

Confused.com MotorMate is the new easy-to-use driving app that shows people how good a driver they are at the touch of a button, whilst earning rewards. The app mirrors in-car telematics technology which is where a black box is fitted to a car monitoring driving performance and potentially allowing good drivers to benefit from cheaper car insurance premiums.

The Confused.com MotorMate app itself, allows drivers who are interested in telematics but are unsure about installing a little black box in their car, to “try before you buy.” The app has been developed in an exclusive partnership6 with MyDrive Solutions, the pre-eminent driver behavioural profiling company in the insurance telematics industry, and  RoSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents), to deliver an app that allows drivers to earn real rewards and understand how good a driver they are compared with expert RoSPA drivers, who represent the gold standard for safe driving.

The app is free to download from Google Play and Apple’s App Store and uses innovative mobile phone technology which is already available in Android and iPhones. The operating systems for the app are Android version 2.3 or later and iPhone 4 or later versions.

Confused.com – MotorMate app First Review

 Confused.com MotorMate – Watch our unique introductory video

 Confused.com – MotorMate app First Review

Confused.com MotorMate monitors and scores a driver based on the following criteria:

  • Number of journeys made
  • Distances travelled
  • Types of roads used
  • Speed
  • Time of travel
  • Levels of acceleration and braking
Drivers behaviour is monitored through the GPS on their smartphone and does not rely on picking up a signal from the mobile phone network, therefore drivers should not be affected by losing coverage when driving through a black spot.
Driving behaviour is recorded every second and is also filtered, enabling the driver to get the most accurate evaluation of their driving style.
e.g. if you are moving slowly through congested traffic the app will not mark you down for driving too slowly, the app will recognise the location and traffic build-up and will filter this from the final score, ensuring your driving score is accurate.

Confused.com - MotorMate app First Review

Confused.com – MotorMate app First Review

The Confused.com app also has a unique heartbeat functionality where once the app is turned on, it will check in with the phone holder every day to communicate that it is working properly and to ensure that all data is being recorded on every trip – rather impressive for an app on a mobile phone.

All individual driving trips made using the app are scored out of 5 stars based on the user’s anticipation of the road, braking, acceleration, and driving at a sensible speed. Feedback on a driver’s behavior will usually be given 10 minutes after the journey has ended (subject to network coverage).

An overall ‘Confused.com MotorMark’ is given after the user has driven 250 miles in total (this doesn’t have to be during one journey – it can be a multiple of journeys). Their ‘Confused.com MotorMark’ score will be out of 100 – 100 being an expert driver and 20 being a driver who really needs improvement!

Confused.com – MotorMate app First Review

Confused.com MotorMark Scoring System Confused.com - MotorMate app First ReviewThe Confused.com MotorMark score is a reflection of how the user drives overall; taking into account factors such as anticipation, pace, acceleration, braking and cornering and gives a more thorough understanding of the driver’s behavior. The overall score also benchmarks the user’s driving score with that of an advanced RoSPA (The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) driver.

Confused.com – MotorMate app First Review

Confused.com - MotorMate app First Review An Appy Driver is a Happy Driver!

Being a safe driver is its own reward but we can all improve and the Confused.com MotorMate app allows users to do just that by monitoring their own driving scores and trying to improve on them. At the same time, app users can also pick up rewards. By downloading and using the app to hit certain distances, users will be rewarded with the following:

 

 

 

 

  • Drive 20 miles: Users will receive a complimentary in-car cradle and charger for their mobile phone.
  • Drive 250 miles: Users will receive £25 cashback.
  • If users of the app buy a motor insurance policy through Confused.com they will receive a further £25 cashback.
Confused.com Motor Mate aims to encourage people to think about their driving behaviours and how to improve and become a safer driver. The app defines a good driver as someone who drives at an appropriate speed for the road and takes into account the conditions of the road. It also requires good levels of anticipation in relation to other drivers when in traffic, and not driving aggressively, all factors that are monitored through the GPS system on drivers’ mobile phones. Happily, there is also a very close correlation between safe driving and fuel consumption, with better drivers enjoying up to 15% better consumption than less good drivers.
Room for improvement 
MotorMate will allow drivers to look at their driving patterns by reviewing their driving score, and seeing where there’s room for improvement. By using the app as a monitoring tool, drivers should increase their driving score over time, making them a safer driver in the process and making our roads even safer.
In fact, as users of the app become safer drivers, they could reduce their car insurance costs as being a safer driver should reduce the risk of being involved in an accident, which means less claims and potentially cheaper car insurance premiums. In fact, this is just how a telematics policy works in real life, and those who opt for a telematics policy, will ultimately be rewarded for being a good driver.
MotorMate app allows customers to try the telematics experience before having to commit. The app allows us to reward our customers for being good drivers and gives them a realistic driving score out of 100. By using the app drivers can really understand how they drive and over time they can improve on their driving skills, making them a safer driver and hopefully making our roads safer too.

 

The future of the app…

Confused.com - MotorMate app First Review

Confused.com MotorMate will continue to illustrate people’s driving behaviours, and with future development, the app will include an online dashboard offering a detailed view of trips taken and driving prowess. The app will also allow social media integration, whereby drivers with the app can show off their scores by posting to their Twitter and Facebook accounts. This allows them to compare their driving performance with friends, making safe driving a social conversation.

 

 

I downloaded this app, it was easy to install and ready to go as soon as you register your details. I put it on during my usual 30 mile round trip school run. I drove at my usual pace taking care not to over accelerate or break harshly.

After using the Aviva Drive app I was wondering how this app would perform and rate my drive, I was pleased with the results as I received 5 stars. This is the level that Confused.com suggest that you reach, they advice that you get either 4 or 5 stars for each trip.

Success, I achieved five stars, I achieved 5 stars on each of the subsequent journeys that I made. I was beginning to wonder  now, was it working properly or did it show 5 stars for every journey. I needn’t have worried, the very next journey I received 4 stars. The irony of the 4 star journey was that because I was on the phone talking to Aviva about their Aviva Drive app I ended up being late in leaving to pick my son up from school, resulting in be driving slightly faster that I had previously been doing. I felt aggrieved, my unblemished 5 star record broken by another rival insurance company.Confused.com - MotorMate app First Review

I can see that this type of monitored driving creates a bit of a competitive streak insofar as to say, that once you have a good record built up it becomes a bit of an annoyance to have something blemish that record.

It is this record that will encourage drivers to accept black box tracking, this record and the fact they can prove that they are a good driver by sharing their driving record with friends, family and colleagues.

It is pride it their record and the hard work that they put in to maintain it that will ensure that they pay what they should be paying for their insurance, based on the risk that they present and not be paying over the odds to compensate for the bad drivers who put the insurance costs up for everyone.

I carried on with the test completing the suggested 250 miles receiving nothing but 5 stars. I was happier though knowing that this app will genuinely pick up and variation in my driving pattern, so far so good.

 

On completing the 250 miles I pressed to calculate my driving score and.

 

Confused.com - MotorMate app First Review That’s more like it. 79 out of 100 roughly about where I would expect to be on an initial test. Obviously I would expect to improve this score as I got used to the tracker and I was monitored over a longer period of time and there is an opportunity to do this with this app.

 

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As you can see you can find your rating and position with this app, as you can see I have managed to reach position 21 and hopefully as I further review this app this score will increase and I will climb further up the table. There is a challenge for the future.

Overall this app seems to work well and as i said I will monitor it further and keep you updated in my findings.

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How to Get a High Black Box Score

It is relatively easy to complete the evaluation and qualify for a discount of up to 20% on your car insurance by getting a high black box score if you drive with care and avoid harsh braking and acceleration you should have no problem. If you are unsure of how to drive to the standard required watch my short video on how to get a high black box score.

 

 

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