Progressive Insurance's mobile app now enables consumers to obtain auto insurance quotes by entering their zip code and taking a picture of their driver's license, Vehicle Identification Number or existing insurance ID card.
The app scans the image for information such as name and address, and auto-populates the necessary information to get an auto insurance quote. The user confirms the information is correct, and receives an auto insurance quote in minutes, with the option to buy the policy. "We introduced Image Capture with the goal of simplifying the process of getting an auto insurance quote," said Matt Lehman, Progressive's mobile business leader. "The new technology gives consumers another way to get insurance by using items most people have in their pocket or purse — a smartphone and a driver's license." Image Capture, powered by Mitek Systems, will initially roll out to 15 states in February. Additional states will be added throughout 2012.