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Driving with data: MetroMile app is nice, but the pay-per-mile insurance is the real draw

Jon L. Jacobi | March 18, 2014
Drive less, pay less for car insurance. Nice idea. MetroMile promises to deliver that by tracking your driving activity through its Metronome device, which plugs into the OBD-II data port in your car.

Thanks to the advent of inexpensive Bluetooth, USB, and even cellular OBD-II translator modules, the information generated by your car's computer and sensors is now available to everyone, not just garages with expensive code readers. Weekend racers, modders, and services such as MetroMile are taking advantage.

MetroMile is an interesting concept, and if you're a low-mileage driver seeking savings on auto insurance, this could be just the thing for you. The company hopes to expand its insurance territory considerably this year.

For those that are more interested in real-time tracking as well as driving habits and vehicle health, check out the aforementioned Zubie. There are also any number of Bluetooth and USB OBD-II translators and apps available for data and analysis.


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