Test your skills with DriveSmart by KANETIX.ca, the app that grades your driving.

Why? Auto insurers in Canada are increasingly offering drivers the opportunity to join a usage-based insurance program, which monitors how you drive to determine if you'll get a discount off your insurance. The KANETIX.ca DriveSmart app will give you some insight on how your driving stacks up and if you could save on your insurance.

Features

DriveSmart automatically records any motor-vehicle trip you take and will grade your driving on the most important components that will be looked at in a usage-based insurance program.

Hands-free

The app is always on, so there's no need to start and stop it. Just keep your phone in your pocket or your bag.

Scoring

DriveSmart automatically records any motor-vehicle trips you take. You can view the distance, duration, and score for each trip. Drivers with an average score over 70 are considered safer drivers, and will likely benefit from a usage-based insurance program.

Graphs

A progression graph shows how your scores have changed. Customizable time frames allow you to view your scores, distance driven, average speed, and more.

Social

Badges are earned for good driving techniques.

Battery use

The app consumes battery power, so nightly charging is recommended. With typical phone use, a smartphone running DriveSmart should have enough battery power to last all day.

Frequently asked questions

How do i get the app?

Download directly from the apple app store or android play store.

Will using the app affect my insurance rates?

KANETIX will not share your trip details with any insurer, and use of this app will not have any impact on your insurance rates.

More frequently asked questions

Now that I've used the app, how do I save money on my insurance?

The app gives you an estimate of how good a driver you are, and if your score is greater than 70, you will likely save money if you switch to a usage-based insurance (UBI) program. Scores within this app will not guarantee discounts if joining a usage-based insurance program.

Does the app work everywhere or just in Canada?

The app hasn't been extensively tested outside of Canada, but it should work everywhere. We only currently support metric units but will add an imperial units toggle in a future release.

Does this app affect my battery performance?

Yes. We have worked hard to limit the effect on battery performance. For normal usage, commuting to and from work, you shouldn't notice much or any change in battery performance. When not driving, the app will use a minimal amount of battery to check whether you have started driving. Once a trip has started, the app actively uses the GPS for distance traveled. If you are traveling a long distance, consider mounting the device and plugging it in to a charger.

Why are my drives not being recorded?

On iOS, make sure that you have opened the app, and that it is still in the multi-task list, otherwise the app will not record any data. If you still aren't seeing trips being recorded, try opening the app shortly before going for a drive. Also, make sure that your GPS is enabled and DriveSmart has permission to use location services.

On android, make sure that your GPS is enabled. Also, having wifi enabled (even when driving) helps with location accuracy. For rooted phones, make sure google play services in installed and up-to-date. Trips under 1km won't be recorded either.

I have an accelerometer problem on android.

DriveSmart uses the phone's accelerometer for monitoring driving performance. Unfortunately some Android phones aren't capable of using the accelerometer when the screen is off. Samsung Galaxy Note II is the most popular model that is unable to run the accelerometer in the background.

My trip starting position is not accurately captured.

To minimize battery usage, we put the app to "sleep" for periods of time. The app might miss the start of a trip (or an entire short trip). However, as the app collects more trips, your score will be fairly accurately reflected even with some trips, or portion of trips missing.

My non-driving trips are being recorded.

Any time you are in a moving vehicle, the app will detect a "trip". This will include public transport and when you are a passenger. To get the most accurate score of your own driving, remove the trips when you weren't actually driving by swiping them out of the trips list. When the app detects a trip start, you will also receive a notification that you can click on to categorize the trip and remove it from your trips history. The app also might pick up "trips" occasionally when you weren't in a moving vehicle. Swipe the trip from the trips list and it will be removed from your trip list and cumulative statistics. We will work to minimize these false positives.

The location service icon is always visible on iOS.

DriveSmart does not use GPS or other battery draining location services when the app is in the paused state (removed from multi-task list or high phone memory usage). The location service arrow does not vanish because the app needs to wake up automatically after the pause period.

Help

Please submit reviews and comments via the Android Play and Apple App store. For help with using the app, please check our frequently asked questions. For all other requests, suggestions, comments, and inquiries, please email us at drivesmart@kanetix.ca, tweet us @Kanetix, or leave a comment on our Facebook page

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