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Novatel & Discovery Insure Deploy Usage-Based Insurance Worldwide

Global sales of telematics-based policies are expected to see a compound annual growth rate of 80% through 2018 according to industry analysts Timetric

Automobile insurer leverages big data with innovative incentive program that fuels growth of usage-based insurance

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa and SAN DIEGO, Feb. 29, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Discovery Insure, a leading property and casualty insurance company in South Africa, uses telematics data with incentives, to encourage better, safer driving. Insurance savings generated by better drivers having fewer and less severe accidents fund meaningful client rewards which reduce the ultimate cost of insurance. As part of their rewards program they offer clients the Ctrack telematics solution for usage based insurance (UBI) from Novatel Wireless, Inc. (NASDAQ:MIFI). The program, Vitalitydrive, is one of the world's largest deployments of UBI.

"With over 100,000 cars fitted with the Ctrack solution, we have collected over 4 billion kilometers of driving behavior, making this one of the largest telematics data sets in the world," said Philippa Wild, Head of Discovery Insure Technical Marketing. "The Ctrack telematics solution allows us to accurately measure driver behavior. Our research shows that 90% of accidents are caused by a driver's actions behind a wheel. With telematics we provide valuable feedback to drivers on how they drive. We combine this with powerful incentives to change behavior and reduce the number of car accidents on roads."

With Vitalitydrive, Discovery's driver incentive program, clients are rewarded with up to 50% of their fuel spend back each month for driving well. Their metrics show that better drivers, who are more conscious about their driving behavior, have fewer and less severe accidents. This creates insurance savings which Discovery passes back to their clients through rewards. 

"Discovery Insure is transforming the insurance industry business model and we're pleased that the Ctrack solution is part of it," said Sue Swenson, CEO Novatel Wireless.  "We are happy to see that our four-year collaboration is helping Discovery realize their vision of creating a nation of great drivers in South Africa and we look forward to continued success."

UBI, also known as behavioral based insurance, is gaining traction in North America and in international markets like South Africa, Italy, and the UK. Telematics technology enables insurers to offer insurance policies that effectively rate driver performance based on safety and driving habits through mobile technology and informatics. According to SMA Research, approximately 36 percent of all auto insurance carriers in the U.S. alone are expected to use telematics UBI by 2020.

About Novatel Wireless, Inc.

Novatel Wireless, Inc. (Nasdaq:MIFI) is a leading global provider of solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT), including software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions for the fleet telematics market.  Our innovative products and solutions provide anywhere, anytime communications and analytics for consumers and businesses of all sizes, with approximately 158,000 subscribed fleet vehicles for Ctrack among the Company's 520,000 global subscribers.  Novatel Wireless is headquartered in San Diego, California. @MiFi (Twitter); LinkedIn

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