Cars, Turkeys and Bears (Oh My): Metromile Exhibits at the LA Auto Show

The LA Auto Show is one of the biggest automotive events in the US, so of course we had to participate and spread the word about how we are making car ownership easier and more affordable. Armed with a giant bear (one of our photo booth props) and ample excitement, we headed down to Los Angeles to show off our pay-per-mile insurance offering and smart driving app.

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The Metromile booth was located in the Tech Zone, where we joined other companies pioneering automotive innovations such as Honk (on-demand roadside assistance), Lyft (ridesharing services) and Luxe (on-demand valet). To make our exhibit fun and interactive, we had a giant photo booth where attendees could take photos with goofy glasses, turkey hats (in anticipation of Thanksgiving) and the cartoon characters you might have seen in recent Metromile ads. If you are wondering what a bear with a longboard has to do with an insurance company, well, it’s pretty clear he doesn’t drive much and could save a lot with pay-per-mile insurance.

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Our Director of Business Development, Katy Allen, also led a discussion at a networking lunch during the Connected Car Expo, an event running alongside the LA Auto Show. The discussion focused on the future of car insurance and unearthed some interesting insights about how technology is being used to make insurance more affordable (hint: like using the OBD-II port to measure exact mileage).

The show ran from November 20th to the 29th. If you are interested in checking it out next year, make sure to check out the LA Auto Show website for more information.

Shift Gears on Bike to Work Day

If you’ve toyed with the idea of biking to work, now is the time to take off those (hypothetical) training wheels. Today, cities across the US are celebrating Bike to Work Day, an occasion that illuminates the benefits of biking to work. Even one day per week of biking to work can have a significant impact in reducing your carbon footprint. Did you know a 4-mile bike commute keeps 15lbs of pollution out of the air?

Here at Metromile, we joined in the fun by sprinkling bike seat covers across San Francisco and hosting a refreshment station outside of our office to refuel and reward bikers joining the cause. Per usual, our swag wheel was a hit!

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Although the name might suggest the contrary, Bike to Work Day isn’t just about biking on one single day. The ultimate purpose of the event is to show the community just how easy and sustainable it is to bike to work. Many of the cities participating in Bike to Work Day already have dedicated bike lanes, and chances are your office has some sort of bike parking available. If you are a Metromile per-mile insurance customer, biking to work can also save you money because the less you drive, the more you save. And if you aren’t a customer, now is the time to make the switch!