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Ford patents modular autonomous vehicles

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Cars are becoming increasingly self-reliant. Even the everyday point A to B run about now comes with autonomous features such as parking sensors and device connectivity. We are moving towards the age of the autonomous vehicle, where cars will one day be able to operate completely on their own. When

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Insurers are not prepared for cannabis legalization warns expert

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Canada is on the cusp of legalizing marijuana and there are many questions still unanswered. While government tackles how the legalization will be implemented and how law enforcement will police drivers using cannabis, the insurance industry will also have to learn fast. Insurance companies faces

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Study: Canadians not properly insuring belongings when moving home

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Many Canadians remain unsure about home insurance and are not properly covering household items when moving from one region to another. A survey finds 80% of homeowners do not sufficiently secure their belongings with insurance when moving to a new house. Other studies have shown Canadians often

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RBC debuts PATH travel insurance app

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RBC Insurance announced a new mobile application designed to help customers who need to claim emergency medical assistance through their travel insurance. Called PATH, the app is free to download on iOS and Android devices. It was developed in collaboration between RSA Insurance and students at

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Terms of NL auto insurance review are finalized

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The government of Newfoundland and Labrador announced Tuesday its finalized plans for the major auto insurance review that will be carried out in the province. The terms of reference are for Service NL and the Board of Commissioners of Public Utilities (PUB). In the instructions, the government

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Most Canadians do not compare auto insurance online

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The financial literacy of Canadians is once again under the spotlight as a LowestRates.ca survey has found most are underprepared when shopping for financial products, such as insurance. The study finds that not enough research is being done and consumers have major gaps in their knowledge. While

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Insurance industry braces itself during BC wildfires

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In British Columbia, the battle against wildfires rages on. Fire teams are still trying to keep blazes contained throughout the province and insurance companies are left thinking about ways to deal with the claims fallout. The latest information from the Government of Canada shows there are over

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Eby blames liberal for ICBC mess

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Officials in British Columbia cannot agree on how to rescue the provinces troubled public insurance provider. Once a much-celebrated organization, the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) is on the rocks after a recently leaked report. The report found that ICBC is close to financial

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Canadians consider themselves good drivers, but admit to bad habits

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A new study finds that most Canadians (95%) see themselves as good drivers, but most (93%) contradict the belief by admitting they are guilty of at least one bad habit behind the wheel. A study by Intact Financial Corporation subsidiary, belairdirect, carried out by Leger Research. Conducted in

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CSIO launches eSlips auto insurance proof video

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The Centre for Study of Insurance Operations (CSIO) released on Monday a video that highlights its solution for digitizing pink slips. The clip shows the group’s digital proof of auto insurance (eSlips) and how they will work for customers. CSIO says it will launch the solution by the end of

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City of Saskatoon says it is powerless to stop floods

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Areas in the City of Saskatoon is in the midst of severe flooding, but officials admit there is little they can do to stop floods from happening when heavy rain hits. A storm last Tuesday brought heavy rainfall to Saskatoon that resulted in heavy flooding in some parts of the city. Overland

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ICBC discusses factors that could lead to auto insurance premium increase

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The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) is in crisis after a recent report deemed the provincial public provider close to financial ruin. Pressure has been mounting on the insurer to raise auto insurance rates, and the corporation says three specific factors are placing a particular

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Climate change impacts when floods happen and will make costs soar

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The timing of floods in Europe is being affected by climate change. Data presented by the AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) in its Science journal points to a widening flood crisis in coming decades. Shifting flood patterns could drive up costs of reparation and insurance in

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Condos represent huge market for insurers, who should advise customers about risks

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Condos are big business across Canada as more people enter the market. While it is becoming a booming market for homeowners, mortgage lenders, and agents, it also presents an opportunity for insurance companies. However, there is a significant obstacle in the form of condo owners who do not

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ICBC president says toll fraud has stopped

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The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia’s (ICBC) president and CEO Mark Blucher says that a recent bridge toll fraud case involving insurance brokers has resulted in the operation terminating. Blucher says the fraud is no longer happening as the investigation continues. Last month the

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IBC furthers CO detector initiative

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The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has announced a collaboration with Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli on an environmental initiative. In a press release, the bureau said it will donate carbon monoxide detectors to locals in the municipality. IBC confirmed it has donated an additional 25 CO detectors

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Economical enters cyber market with affordable angle

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The cyber insurance market is growing and becoming an increasingly important sector. With organizations seeking protection from cyber-attacks, insurers have been creating policy solutions. The latest to enter the market is Ontario-based Economical Insurance. In a press release, the company

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Elderly Canadians will not give up their driver’s license

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Over a quarter of Canadians plan to still hold their driver’s license well into their 80s. A survey conducted by State Farm Canada shows that 26% of respondents want to be behind the wheel as they pass their 85th birthday. The study also showed that 10% of those asked have been involved in a

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ICBC warns of dangerous holiday weekend

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The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) has released a notice for drivers this long weekend. The Crown corporation insurance provider says it expects roads to get busy through the long weekend at the height of summer. Therefore, motorists must remain vigilant on the road. ICBC says

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RoadBudee: combating distracted driving, lowering premiums, and saving lives

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Earlier this month, a device for reducing the numbers of distracted driving was debuted in Quebec. The RoadBudee is the brainchild of Patrick Dubois, who created the device and its namesake company in the aftermath of a personal incident involving distracted driving. A piece of hardware and

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