BLOOMINGTON, Ill., July 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- State Farm and Hughes Telematics, Inc. are announcing a major joint effort to bring connected vehicle services and telematics savings programs to drivers across North America. The new effort is called In-Drive® and has been tailored specifically for State Farm policyholders by Hughes Telematics, Inc. The service debuts in Illinois in September with more states to be added in 2012. In-Drive offers a variety of new safety and diagnostics features including:
One-touch emergency response,
Stolen vehicle location assistance,
Vehicle diagnostic alerts and maintenance reminders, and
Family-friendly features like location services and speed alerts.
In addition to offering these capabilities, the service also includes a special website and smartphone app for remote and mobile access. "This combined offering represents a first in our industry," said Mike Wey, Senior Vice President, State Farm. "It will provide drivers with a wide range of new options that will make for a smarter vehicle and even smarter driver." In-Drive provides an easy-to-install device that works in most vehicles made after 1995. It broadens access to new connected vehicle services without requiring drivers to purchase a new vehicle. Services will be available in three different packages. For the first six months, the basic package will be free after a $10 activation fee. Other packages will range in cost from $5/month to $14.99/month plus applicable taxes. Additional Savings Program In addition to offering new connected services, In-Drive also will enable more State Farm policyholders to take part in the Drive Safe & Save program. In-Drive will provide driving performance data and the customer's savings will be based on mileage, turns, acceleration, braking, speed and time of day vehicle is operated.