Auto Insurance News You May Have Missed Week of December 8th 2014

Allstate to Help Develop Drones for Reviewing Catastrophe Claims
(Bloomberg) — Allstate Corp., the largest publicly traded U.S. home and auto insurer, said it will help research and develop uses for unmanned aerial vehicles to review damages after disasters. Allstate joined a group that seeks to gain approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to use drones to collect images after catastrophes, the Northbrook, Illinois-based insurer said today in statement. Drones could more quickly inspect areas that are inaccessible by ground, speeding payments to customers, Allstate said.
Source: http://www.chicagobusiness.com/
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Indiana Motorists requiring out-of-state vehicle inspections
Beginning Dec. 15, residents who live in the unincorporated areas of Elkhart County and requiring out-of-state vehicle inspections, should have them completed at the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles. The service will be provided at any BMV location and a convenient way to complete the title and registration process. Residents in the unincorporated parts of Elkhart County will no longer have to wait for officers from the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department to perform this service. They can drive their vehicle directly to the BMV for the inspection.
Source: http://www.goshennews.com
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Forgot your cash at the BMV? No problem
DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Ever go to the BMV for a new car registration, reach into wallet and discover you have no cash and your checks are gone? It may no longer be a problems.
The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles is working to accept credit and debit cards for the first time.
They will be accepted for transactions like driver’s license renewals and registration renewals.
Source: http://wdtn.com
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Auto Theft Drops 50% Since All-Time High in 1991
Vehicle theft is down by more than 50 percent compared to 1991, despite an increase in population and registrations of over 60 million, according to national analysis released this week from the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), a non-profit focused on preventing, detecting and defeating insurance fraud and vehicle theft through data analytics, investigations, training, legislative advocacy and public awareness. The drop—aided in part by better investigation from law enforcement and insurers, and new technologies—means vehicle owners are far less likely to have their cars stolen today than at any time in the last 44 years
Source: www.insurancenetworking.com
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Mazda Expands U.S. Recalls Of Takata Airbags, Covering Vehicles Nationwide
While Takata balks at demands for a nationwide recall of vehicles equipped with its fatally flawed airbags and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration frets over what to do, Mazda is taking matters into its own hands. According to Reuters, the automaker has confirmed that it will expand existing regional recalls in the U.S. to cover Mazda vehicles from coast to coast.
Source: www.thecarconnection.com
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133,592 Nissan Juke, Infiniti M56, QX56, Q70, QX80 Models Recalled For Potential Fire Hazard
Nissan has expanded a 2012 recall of the Nissan Juke, Infiniti M, and Infiniti Q to include more than 130,000 late-model versions of those vehicles. According to documents from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the recall is meant to fix a flaw in the vehicles’ fuel system that could lead to a fire.
Source: www.thecarconnection.com
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