By Ben WhiteAllstate, a company that owns and operates most of the auto industry’s self-parking, autonomous driving and ride-sharing programs, has started looking for the next big market.
Its self-owned vehicle program, which covers self-propelled vehicles, is growing faster than any other in the U to a rate of more than 1,400 vehicles a month.
But the industry is already in uncharted territory in which it has to contend with a self-proclaimed “driverless apocalypse.”
As self-driven cars become the norm, many insurers will have to change their pricing and offer lower premiums to lure consumers away from traditional car insurers.
Allstate, which sells self-service auto insurance, said in a recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it would be adding a “premium for self-drivers” policy to its new “Cadillac” car insurance program.
Allstate said it plans to begin offering self-insured policies next year, a move that would bring the total to more than 7,000 policies, including more than half the U,S.
The move will mark a significant change for the industry, which has struggled to gain traction with consumers and regulators.
Self-driving vehicles are expected to reduce accidents and deaths in the coming years and have attracted millions of dollars in federal and state tax incentives, but it’s not clear how much of that will be offset by higher premiums.
For example, allstate will offer $250 a month to consumers with self-generated driverless cars.
That’s less than most auto insurers charge for a typical car.
Other insurers such as Allstate will charge $300 a month, and many states are already charging premiums above that for self auto policies.
The insurance industry has been scrambling to adapt to the changing landscape, but there are still significant hurdles to overcome.
Self driving vehicles are not yet fully regulated by the Federal Highway Administration and there are no state or federal laws mandating them.
All of the major U..
S.-based insurance companies have not released any plans to offer driverless insurance.
Still, some insurance experts are optimistic.
“I think that we’ll see a big change,” said Jonathan Zablocki, a former head of the insurance division of General Motors Co. who now serves as chief executive of the American Insurers Association.
“We’re going to see a shift away from having the whole industry compete with the other insurers to having a much more diversified and self-regulated landscape.”
Zablockis self-insurance plan, known as Allstates Self-Insurance, offers coverage for self driving vehicles and other types of vehicles, but he says it has not yet decided how much coverage it will offer.
Zablocks plan also does not include self-pay auto insurance.
That would require insurance companies to provide self-initiated payments to drivers, and it’s unclear how that would work with the self-drive industry.
The industry is also still figuring out how it will insure its own drivers and the cost of a collision with a driverless vehicle.
In an interview with Bloomberg News, Allstate said that it is exploring offering self insurance for drivers who don’t need insurance.
All of these factors have been pushing Allstate to seek out a new market to serve.
The company, which is headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, plans to open new markets for its new self-funded car insurance, which it is testing.
Zahlockis plan, which includes no self-pays, is the first major insurance company to try a self funding model, which would provide a payment from customers in exchange for the risk that they would get into a crash with a autonomous vehicle.
Zawlocki said that he would like to see more self-funding companies in the future.
The insurance industry’s current model of providing subsidies to consumers to buy coverage is “out of control,” he said.