How Nationwide SmartRide® is Leveraging Amazon Alexa [Video]

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Nationwide has long been committed to helping create safe-driving habits, and it’s this commitment that led to our latest integration with Amazon’s Alexa technology. Now, Nationwide SmartRide® members who use the SmartRide plug-in device can easily access critical personalized information using their Alexa-enabled devices.

As part of the Nationwide skill for Alexa Amazon, this new capability allows members to access their SmartRide account information through Alexa technology, making their robust set of personalized driving statistics even more accessible. Providing drivers with information about their driving habits can help them adjust their habits behind the wheel, making roads safer for everyone and the potential for lower premiums. In addition to the SmartRide website access and regular email communications they already receive, Alexa technology provides voice-activated access to members’ account information.

After a few simple steps to link the SmartRide capability through the Nationwide skill to Alexa-enabled devices, members can ask Alexa about their driving habits and get information on a variety of variables, including:

  • Mileage
  • Hard braking and acceleration
  • Idle time
  • Nighttime driving
  • Estimated discount
  • Final discount (upon completion of the program)

Here are the statements SmartRide members can use with Alexa:

  • Check my SmartRide status
  • Alexa, ask Nationwide how many miles I’ve driven
  • Alexa, ask Nationwide to check my hard braking and acceleration.
  • Alexa, ask Nationwide to check my idle time.
  • Alexa, ask Nationwide to check my nighttime driving.
  • Alexa, ask Nationwide what my estimated discount is
  • Alexa, ask Nationwide what my final discount is.

Nationwide launched its first skill in Amazon’s Alexa Skills Kit in November, with a free auto insurance FAQ. The integration of SmartRide is the latest way Nationwide is demonstrating our commitment to our members.

Want to see how it works? Check out the video below.


Products underwritten by Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company and Affiliates. Columbus, Ohio. Availability varies; program criteria differs in California. Stated discounts are approximations. Discounts do not apply to all coverage elements; actual savings vary by state, coverage selections, rating factors and policy changes. Enrollment discount applies during data collection; final discount is calculated on driving behavior and could be zero. Final discount applies at the next policy renewal and remains until drivers or vehicles on the policy change.