The automotive world appears to be stepping up its mobile app game.

Property Casualty Insurers Association of America, an association of more than 1,000 insurance companies, announced that Maryland drivers will be able to show law enforcement electronic proof of insurance on their smartphone or tablet.

The association anticipates the move will be convenient for drivers, who would no longer have to fumble around in their glove compartments for insurance documentation.

“It's another way to make it more convenient for drivers to provide that evidence on their phone,” said Bob Passmore, senior director of personal lines policy.

He said the app could reduce costs by potentially reducing paperwork and printing.

There is nothing that requires insurers to have electronic proof of insurance, but since many companies already have apps or send insurance cards by email, many drivers probably already have some sort of digital proof of insurance.

I certainly wouldn't mind not having to print out the cards my insurance company emails me. 

Maryland is the 35th state to allow for electronic insurance cards, according to a Property Casualty Insurers Association of America news release.

Commuter Connections goes mobile

Commuter Connections, a network of transportation organizations that provides commuting information and helps drivers coordinate carpools, recently announced the launch of its new app.

It will offer access to all Commuter Connections’ services, according to a news release. The app will let members find carpools and park-and-ride lots near them. The app will allow access to the guaranteed ride-home program as well as pool rewards.

Commuter Connections has been offering electronic services since the 1970s, when ride-share applications were processed on IBM punch cards and matches were found by computer. The result were then mailed back to the applicants.

Nicholas Ramfos, director of commuter connections, said the app helps address commuter needs in real time in a format that many commuters prefer. 

Commuter Connections also launched a new mobile website at commuterconnections.org.

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(1) comment

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This lady doesn't want the "bother" of printing out a 2" x 3" card???

If typical, her generation must be a generation of lazy bums. Does she need an app to tell her what to say when she gets pulled over?

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