The BMW Group and Swiss Re, one of the world’s largest reinsurance companies, are working together to develop a vehicle-specific insurance rating that primary insurers worldwide can use to calculate car insurance premiums. The innovative assessment system incorporates integration of safety-relevant driver-assistance systems.

BMW Group says safety-relevant driver-assistance systems are increasingly finding their way into its vehicles. In some cases, these actively intervene in vehicle control and increase vehicle safety. However, safety-relevant driver-assistance systems are currently only considered to a limited extent in calculating insurance premiums. Auto insurance ratings are generally based on criteria such as the driver’s age or a vehicle’s horsepower. This new insurance method will open up new possibilities for customers and primary insurers.

With the BMW Group’s technical know-how and Swiss Re’s expertise as a reinsurer, an algorithm has been developed that can represent the complex effects of driver-assistance systems on the safety of BMW vehicles as a score. This score assists in calculating an individual vehicle-specific insurance premium.

“At the BMW Group, we are always focused on the customer. For this reason, we have developed a solution, together with Swiss Re, that will enable primary insurers to calculate premiums based on an individual assessment of a vehicle’s technical features,” explained Thomas Wittig, head of BMW Group Financial Services. “Our customers will benefit twice: from the added safety and convenience of intelligent assistance systems and from a possible reduction in their insurance payments.”

Moses Ojeisekhoba, CEO reinsurance, Swiss Re, noted, “The automotive landscape is changing, and we at Swiss Re want to drive innovation in the motor insurance sector. We are delighted that the BMW Group has chosen to be our partner. To continually assess all individual OEMs’ safety features and their effect on accident frequencies and severities is difficult and burdensome for insurers. By combining our strengths, we have jointly developed the ADAS Risk Score, which will assist in the risk assessment of increasingly automated vehicles and help our clients develop their product suite."