Best and worst drivers by state in the US

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With a full year of Zubie driving behind us, we thought it would be interesting to dive in and do some massive data-crunching, to see what fascinating insights we could derive about the American driver- specifically how different states rank in driving aptitude and safety based on their respective drivers.

After analyzing millions of miles driven by thousands of drivers from coast to coast, here are the best and worst drivers by state in the USA! States are ranked by Zubie Score, which factors in driving habits such as acceleration, braking, idling, speed and driving times.

 

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Introducing Zubie Perks

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We’re thrilled to announce our latest program- Zubie Perks! Drivers can now earn discounts and offers on car ownership, right in the Zubie app. A study by AAA found that the average driver spent over $9,000 on their vehicle in 2013- and the costs are only increasing. From car insurance, oil changes, roadside service, car warranty, and more, driving just got less expensive.

Car needing an oil change? Simply venture to the Perks section in the Zubie App main menu, click on the offer from Goodyear, and redeem instantly in the app. Want to lower your car insurance rates? Safe driving habits can make you eligible for an offer from Progressive.

Zubie Perks is totally optional and you can opt-out at any time- visit the Zubie Help site for more information on the program.

This is just the start of saving money by driving a connected car. We hope to add more savings from our partners to help Zubie drivers with all of their car ownership needs. Let us know what types of Perks you’d like to see in the Zubie App! Share your ideas in the Zubie Community and on social media!

Safe driving from the entire Zubie Team!

Common ways to increase gas mileage using your driving data

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The average American spends more than an hour ‘on the road’ every day, with millions upon millions of miles being driven every year by the nation’s passenger automobiles. Whether you use your car for commuting, picking the kids up from school, or for running errands around town, your car is costing you time and money.  With just a few small modifications to your driving habits and the routes that you choose to drive, you could save hundreds of dollars a year – and you could shave several minutes off of your commute each day.

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As gas prices continue to fall, increasing the MPG of your car might not be on the forefront of your mind – but this is as good a time as ever to practice efficient driving habits that can prolong the life of your car while helping your wallet and the environment. With Zubie, you put yourself in the “driver’s seat” of your automobile-use patterns – giving yourself all of the data that you need to modify your behavior for the better.

There are a number of ways that you can increase your overall mileage through simple changes to your driving habits.

  • Try to minimize your use of rapid acceleration.  Slamming your foot on the gas to be the first out of stoplights might be enjoyable, but it also wastes tons of gas and is unsafe.
  • Use your cruise control! When you are driving on the interstate, cruise control is a great way to ensure that your car isn’t expending gas unnecessarily – and it also avoids traffic tickets by keeping you under the speed limit. The only exception to this rule is when you are driving in areas with major elevation changes – since cruise control does not deal with hills very well.
  • Zubie monitors traffic patterns during your daily commute to determine the best time to leave your home or workplace for your drive. This allows you to make small adjustments in your schedule to save time and gas – and it can help you optimize your routine so you are only on the road when traffic is at its lightest. For example, shifting your work day from the typical “9 to 5” just one hour earlier can reduce traffic as much as 75% in some parts of the country – allowing you to spend more time at home instead of stuck in gridlock.

Do you have an easy trick you use to increase your gas mileage? Let us know in the comments section. Drive safe!

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5 Reasons To Connect Your Car This Holiday Season

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DRIVER STUCK IN THE COLD

Reason 1 – Because getting stuck in the cold is the worst
Over 52% of car breakdowns are due to a dead or faulty battery- and winter is the most common time of year for a battery issue.  Your vehicle’s battery loses 33% of its power when the temps dips below freezing, and over 50% of its power when it falls below zero. Having a connected car can let you monitor battery voltage so you can avoid being stuck in cold weather.

BETTER DRIVING HABITS MEANS BETTER FUEL ECONOMY

Reason 2 – Better driving habits means better fuel economy
Gas prices are the lowest they’ve been in 5 years, and you may be one of the millions taking a road trip this holiday season. Connected devices can help you understand your fuel consumption and driving habits to help you increase fuel economy and spend less on gas.

FAMILY DRIVING ON THE ROAD

Reason 3 – Coordinate travel to all of your holiday destinations
Connecting your car can help you see where your friends and family are on the road, making carpooling a breeze and giving you peace of mind that they’re on their way safely to their holiday destination.

CAR MECHANIC

Reason 4 – Big savings on car stuff
Some connected car solution are beginning to offer discounts and rewards based on your driving activity and usage – you can save on everything from car parts and repair, to insurance and car warranty. Cashing in on one or two of these could end up paying for the cost of the connected car solution alone.

GIVE YOUR CAR A GIFT THIS SEASON

Reason 5 – Because you car deserves some holiday love
Your car takes you thousands of miles a year through rain, sleet, sun and hail – why not reward it with something that keeps it doing the same for years to come? Connected car solutions like Zubie are the perfect gift for any driver who wants the information they need to keep the wear and tear of their favorite vehicle in check this season!

Product Update – Perks & App Improvements

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The latest version of Zubie app is now available on the Apple App Store and Google Play.

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Zubie users now have access to exclusive money-saving offers on car insurance, repair, warranty, towing and other services.

  • Have a low battery alert?  Take advantage of the Sears DieHard Battery discount.
  • Need a tow?  Check out the 15% discount for Roadside Assistance.
  • Worried about the cost of maintenance?  Get an exclusive $100 discount on extended vehicle protection from Carchex.
  • Want to save on car insurance?  Qualifying drivers will receive offers to apply for discounted insurance from Progressive.

Check out these and other great offers in the Perks section by going to Menu > Perks in the Zubie App.  More to come in a future blog post about Perks!

A Better Live Map

LiveMapMany Zubie users live in the Live Map for location tracking, reviewing trip history and monitoring car health.  We’ve made a few changes that make location tracking even easier:

  • Motion Indicators: Vehicle icons now indicate if a car is moving, and what direction.
  • Add Places: Quickly add a place right from the Live Map, based on the location of a car or person.
  • Get Directions: Quickly navigate to the current location of a car or person.
  • Vehicle Health Profile: See the full picture of your vehicle’s health right in the Live Map – battery status, diagnostic codes and self-test results.  No need to go to another screen to view your health results.
  • Vehicle Address: If you track locations for both phones and cars, you’ll see the latest address for both.

 

A Better Setup Process

Getting connected to your car should be easy – and fun!  The new app streamlines the process for setting up your account, activating a Zubie Key and customizing details about your car- and watch our new Getting Started video.

Give your car icon some personality with a customized photo.  Not seeing fuel costs in the system?  Customize your fuel economy settings to calculate accurate fuel costs.

We hope this new release makes the connected car experience easier & less expensive for all Zubie customers!

Zubie Team Spotlight: How I Zubie by Adrienne

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Many years ago Steve Jobs was quoted as saying “people don’t know what they want until you show it to them,” and this couldn’t be truer with my Zubie device.  As the Operations Analyst for Zubie I’ve found this device to be a huge benefit in my life.  At first I didn’t know what to expect, but I remained opened minded, and boy was I surprised.

Protecting my family:

As a first-time mom, I’m super concerned with every detail of my daughter’s life including her comings and goings.  And since my fiancé and I share a car with her car seat in it, I’m able to see where my fiancé and daughter are at any given time with my Zubie App.  In addition to being able to see their location, I’m able to set up location notifications so if my fiancé takes her some place outside of our home I’ll get a notification which lets me know “Now may not be a good time to call him.”  I’m that over protected mom that doesn’t want him texting, calling, or doing anything but focusing on his driving with our bundle of joy in the backseat.

Early detection:

In addition to all these great features, it’s like we now have our own personal mechanic right at our finger tips.  It’s great to be able to log into the App and see the health of our car.  This is one less thing I have to worry or remind myself about.  Now our Zubie app does it for me.

Making my life easier:

I never thought in a million years that I would be using a device such as Zubie to connect me to my everyday life.  I can easily see the benefits of this product for companies to use, but personally I couldn’t conceive of it until now.  Now I don’t think I could live without my Zubie.  As the company continues to grow and add more features I’m looking forward to seeing how much more I can connect to make my life to make things just a little bit easier for me.  And for me the cost is PRICELESS for all the security and comfort I’m getting by having Zubie in our lives.

-Adrienne with the Zubie Support Team

Zubie is now available in Best Buy!

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Give the gift of safer driving- just in time for the holidays!

We’re thrilled to announce you can now pick up the Zubie connected car solution at your local Best Buy! Find us in the new “Connected Car” section in over 700 Best Buy stores nationwide.

Did you know Best Buy chose Zubie to make driving safer, easier and less expensive for its very own Geek Squad?  Now it’s easy for teens, senior drivers and everyone in between to make their car a connected car. See where your family’s vehicles are on a live map, know what the check engine light means, improve your driving skills and more!

To learn more after you pick up your Zubie in stores, connect with us or call us at 1-844-GOZUBIE and get on the road with Zubie in no time!

 

Zubie’s Ongoing Security Efforts Increase Public Safety for Drivers Everywhere

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Last month, Argus Security, an automotive security company, notified us of an issue in our device software that we worked to address immediately. We have no evidence that any customer’s vehicles were compromised. Since learning about the reports from Argus, we took swift action and made the appropriate changes to our development process in order to further strengthen our overall security practices.

Zubie takes security very seriously and we are constantly monitoring the evolving telematics landscape to ensure we are defending against the latest possible threats. As part of its continued effort, Zubie has gone through system-wide security testing to protect the safety of both its customers and products.  We work closely with the NCC Group, an international security firm with expertise in improving automotive cyber security, to conduct end-to-end audits of our entire solution.

“Using our knowledge and experience of working in the automotive sector, we worked closely with Zubie’s engineers to incorporate our findings into  Zubie’s development process and further support its ongoing customer security requirements,” said Ollie Whitehouse, Technical Director, NCC Group.

We appreciate Argus’ help in disclosing this issue in a responsible manner to help improve our overall security posture and increase protection for our customers.

Zubie embraces the practice of responsible disclosure, as it helps us achieve our mission of making driving safer, easier, and less expensive for everyone.

-Tim Kelly, CEO of Zubie

Bigger, Better and On the Web – Introducing Web View

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We built Zubie always with the mobile experience in mind first and foremost. But it’s been clear from your feedback that many tasks and views would benefit from having a browser accessible interface. So we’re happy to announce our Web View which goes beyond being just a dashboard to allowing almost all capabilities available within the Zubie app –  a truly full-featured web-version of Zubie. And it’s available starting now to every Zubie user.

As you many have noticed, we have been gradually extending the Zubie experience and value beyond mobile most recently with our driving reports which deliver stats and summaries in your email on a regular basis. And there’s plenty more coming.  With our Web View, almost all of the Zubie features are now available in any browser, including on tablets. That includes the Live Map, car health details and trip metrics, and even even newer features such as the Motion Monitor. A larger screen makes real-time location tracking easier, especially for families and businesses with multiple cars, or for visual rendering of multiple trips across many days.

We want to make it easier for you to benefit from Zubie, regardless of the interface, and make it easier to seamlessly to move them. Features coming soon include clicking on scores or trip metrics within the email report to bring up the corresponding detail within the Web View. Clicking on a monthly metric for speeding will use the Web View to show all instances where you were speeding.  Or similarly using emailed trip reports to easily tag trips as Personal or Business. It’s all really about combining simple reports in your email with compelling interactive detail behind it.

How to access

It’s simple- access http://my.zubie.co and login using your normal Zubie username and password, or Facebook login.

What you can do

As we said earlier, almost all Zubie features are supported albeit visualized differently to take advantage of the larger screens and easier typing.

  • Browsing trips and metrics is much easier, and benefits from a large map that can show you numerous trips overlaid.
  • Your car’s engine and battery are easily identifiable and full details are also accessible.
  • Searching for a family member or car is as easy as typing into the search box.
  • Activating new cars is also possible with the Web View and a lot easier when you’re managing multiple Zubie Keys
  • Managing Places for geofencing alerts is also supported and again benefits from faster data entry when you’re adding multiple places at one time.

Limitations

  • We don’t currently support Groups or location sharing of family members by phone location.
  • We provide limited detail of driving scores but will be adding new capabilities shortly

Try it out and let us know what you think!  We would love your feedback and ideas on improving this. Join the conversation on our community site.

Zubie App Update

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Our latest enhancements are here, and the Zubie experience just got better. We’ve streamlined the app menu and navigation to give you a better Zubie experience. Read more:

New look and feel- The menu is reorganized to simplify what you’re looking for- the Live Map, Trip History, Driving Score and more. User Profile is now displayed as the first item in the Menu- simply click the gear icon to access your Settings and Alerts (formerly notifications.)ZUBIE APP

Multiple account support- Users with more than one account (consumer, business) can now easily switch between accounts from the main menu. Just login with the username and password you use for each account!

Multiple roles- You can now add users to the app without inviting them to download- such as a teen driver or senior parent that might not have a Smartphone or need access to Zubie.

Monthly report- Drivers will now receive a monthly recap of their total mileage, trips, hours on the road and much more to keep you in the driver’s seat. More coming soon!

Language support- Both Spanish and German are now supported. The app uses your phone’s language/country settings to switch language throughout the app. Trip metrics and mileage/distance settings use km or kmh when user’s locale is outside of the US. Herzlich Willkommen!

Account linking- Want to change the way you log in your account? Navigate to your profile (click the gear icon) to add an email or Facebook account so you can access Zubie however you please.

We’re rolling out some really exciting features in the coming months- so stay tuned and drive safe!

Download the latest versions for iPhone or Android.

Have ideas or suggestions? Share them with the Zubie Community.

 

Happy Driving,

The Zubie Crew

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