CSE498, Collaborative Design, Fall 2014
Computer Science and Engineering
Michigan State University

Auto-Owners Insurance is a Fortune 500 company working with more than 6,200 independent agencies in 26 states. Founded in 1916, Auto-Owners continually improves their products and services for their policyholders.

Our Navigation Assistant and Accident History App gives customers tools to help them practice safer driving habits. By learning and suggesting safer driving routes, as well as tracking and displaying basic driving statistics, it helps users reduce the likelihood of getting into accidents.

In order to do this, the mobile app keeps track of a user’s frequently visited locations via GPS. Once the app learns a user’s frequent locations, the app analyzes the routes between them. After the safest option is found, the user is sent a notification before departing to their next location. This notice provides the user with new directions to their destination.

Each customer has a profile that includes information about their driving habits. They can view how often they take safer routes, maps of frequently visited locations, as well as their acceleration and deceleration patterns. This information is available using either the mobile app or the online web app.

The web app gives Auto-Owners administrators an overview of general driving statistics, which enables them to gauge the effectiveness that the mobile app has on creating and encouraging safer driving habits.

The Android and web apps are written in Java; the iOS app is written in objective-C. Customer data is stored using SQL Server and accessed through a web service written in C#.