GasBuddy is a Root Enterprise customer

GasBuddy, the travel and navigation app helping drivers save money on gas, is adding “advanced new functionality” to its app by partnering with Root and their technology platform business, Root Enterprise. As part of the partnership, the companies will develop strategic uses of Root’s core telematics technology to provide GasBuddy users with individualized driving insights “that can power cost savings at the fuel pump, and on their auto insurance policies,” all within the GasBuddy app.

Founded in 2000, GasBuddy covers 150,000+ gas stations in North America, giving drivers 27 ways to save on fuel. The app has been downloaded nearly 90 million times and the company counts 12 million monthly active users.

In the coming weeks, GasBuddy users who opt-in to the “Drives powered by Root” program will receive notifications on their driving behavior, and tips to improve their gas mileage and lower their driving risk profile. In addition, users will have access to a Root embedded quote flow feature, where they will receive an insurance rate from Root based on how they drive. The companies anticipate rolling out additional new features for drivers who opt-in to be available in the coming months. Benefits may include additional free gas incentives and driving-powered savings.

This isn’t the first time GasBuddy introduces a way for users to measure their driving. In August 2017, the company announced a partnership with Zendrive . “Of the driver analytics platforms GasBuddy evaluated, Zendrive stood out on the strength of their technology,” Sarah McCrary, chief operating officer at GasBuddy said in a press release announcing the partnership. GasBuddy no longer work with Zendrive and Root is the only provider offering driving insights to GasBuddy users according to a company spokesperson. GasBuddy also has a partnership in place with Allstate, which provides roadside assistance through GasBuddy Premium, the company’s monthly subscription offering.

“The GasBuddy brand stands for having the most ways and the most places for drivers to save on their fuel costs. Root’s innovations enable us to build on that promise, and even extend it by helping consumers save on their auto insurance. Our users will be delighted by Root’s elegant and useful interface, and even more so by the additional hundreds of dollars they can save annually by using the GasBuddy app.” – Sarah McCrary, GasBuddy CEO.

“This first-of-its-kind collaboration with GasBuddy is a phenomenal demonstration of the value that our technology provides to partners and their consumers. The GasBuddy app is an important part of many drivers’ journeys, and Root is helping to make that app even better. We look forward to a long, effective and creative partnership.” – Alex Timm, Root cofounder and CEO.