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London - United Kingdom - October 03, 2019
AXA XL today announced that it is to provide an innovative, on-demand insurance solution designed to help Uber drivers across the UK offset loss of earnings if they are unable to work because their vehicle is immobilised following an accident.
The solution, called Vehicle Interruption Cover, works alongside Uber’s newly implemented UK loyalty programme – UberPro.
Vehicle Interruption Cover provides a lump-sum benefit of up to £450 to drivers if their vehicle is damaged following an accident and is off the road for 24 hours or more. For UberPro partners at Diamond level, Uber will contribute the premium for this cover.
Cover is available for drivers on the Uber app and is fully flexible to fit drivers’ workstyles: drivers can sign up to the new product in a few clicks via the Uber app and the premium is automatically collected from completed Uber trips. Cancelation is available immediately, also on the Uber app.
To enable this offering, AXA XL leveraged a new global Affinity Insurance Platform developed by AXA to serve the everyday needs of digital communities. This new public cloud technological platform supports agile product design and API-led distribution for insurance, which here is connected in real-time with the Uber application. The new platform will enable AXA XL to easily provide new innovative insurance products in the future to Uber partners and couriers.
Vehicle Interruption Cover will initially be offered to all Uber drivers in the UK, with the aim of exploring the feasibility to expand this to Uber partners and couriers in other European countries.
This new insurance solution is just one of many product offerings that have been developed and implemented since AXA and Uber first announced their partnership in Paris back in 2017.
Speaking about the announcement, Paul Greensmith, CEO UK Legal entities at AXA XL commented: “With Vehicle Interruption Cover, we have applied the knowledge and experience gained from working with some of the world’s leading companies and combined it with the technology and innovative mindset of the AXA Group Affinity Insurance Platform team. We are proud to help drivers make the most of Uber’s flexible earning opportunities, without having to worry as much about their financial security should something go wrong.”
Russell Corbould-Warren, Head of Insurance, Uber, Europe, Middle East and Africa added: “We are always looking at more ways we can help drivers and we are very happy that this partnership with AXA XL can be part of our loyalty programme for drivers, Uber Pro. Uber and AXA share the belief that drivers should have access to affordable and portable insurance protections that create a safety net for a sustainable and flexible workstyle. Our teams worked very well together showing great innovation and focus to create this new Vehicle Interruption Cover and used new AXA tech capabilities to deliver a fantastic user experience that is one of the best we have seen from any insurer.”
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ABOUT AXA XL AXA XL1, the property & casualty and specialty risk division of AXA, provides insurance and risk management products and services for mid-sized companies through to large multinationals, and reinsurance solutions to insurance companies globally. We partner with those who move the world forward. To learn more, visit www.axaxl.com.
ABOUT AXA XL1 INSURANCE AXA XL1 Insurance offers property, casualty, professional, financial lines and specialty insurance solutions to mid-sized companies through to large multinationals globally. We partner with those who move the world forward. To learn more, visit www.axaxl.com.
ABOUT UBER Uber is a smartphone app that lets users easily book a car with a driver at the touch of a button in more than 600 cities around the world. In the UK, all drivers who use the app must be licensed for private hire by a local authority (e.g. TfL). This includes the same enhanced background check (DBS) as black cab drivers.
Today Uber is available in more than 40 towns and cities across the UK including: Bath, Belfast, Birmingham, the Black Country, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Leeds, Leicester, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Newcastle, Nottingham, Portsmouth, Sheffield, Southampton, Stoke-on-Trent, Sunderland and parts of the Home Counties.
1AXA XL is a division of AXA Group providing products and services through four business groups: AXA XL Insurance, AXA XL Reinsurance, AXA XL Art & Lifestyle and AXA XL Risk Consulting.
Anthony MurtaghCommunications Director, UK & Ireland