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Progressive's Image Capture Technology Saves Users Time, Helps Drivers Quote and Buy Auto Insurance Using Their Smartphone Camera

<p class='bwalignc'> Consumers can get a quote in minutes by snapping a picture </p>

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Progressive's Image Capture Technology Saves Users Time, Helps Drivers Quote and Buy Auto Insurance Using Their Smartphone Camera08:05 EST Thursday, February 02, 2012 MAYFIELD VILLAGE, Ohio (Business Wire) -- With Image Capture from Progressive® Insurance, consumers can get a car insurancequote in minutes. The new mobile photo quoting technology, only available from Progressive, simplifies the insurance quoting and buying process by using a smartphone camera and the existing Progressive app. Image Capture is a first in the insurance industry, capitalizing on the popular technology used to deposit checks in the banking industry. To use Image Capture, consumers enter their zip code and take a picture of their driver's license, Vehicle Identification Number or existing insurance ID card with their smartphone. The app scans the image for information such as name and address, and auto-populates the necessary information to get an auto insurance quote. The user confirms the information is correct, and receives an auto insurance quote in minutes, with the option to buy the policy. “We introduced Image Capture with the goal of simplifying the process of getting an auto insurance quote,” said Matt Lehman, Progressive's mobile business leader. “The new technology gives consumers another way to get insurance by using items most people have in their pocket or purse – a smartphone and a driver's license.” Image Capture, powered by Mitek Systems, will initially roll out to 15 states in February. Additional states will be added throughout 2012. To view a video demonstration of Image Capture, visit http://www.progressive.com/commercials/takeapicture.aspx For more information about Progressive's mobile efforts, visit the mobile hub at http://www.progressive.com/resources/mobile-hub.aspx About Progressive The Progressive Group of Insurance Companies makes it easy to understand, buy, and use auto insurance. Progressive offers choices so consumers can reach us whenever, wherever, and however it's most convenient for them—online at progressive.com, by phone at 1-800-PROGRESSIVE, or in-person with a local agent. Progressive offers insurance for personal and commercial autos and trucks, motorcycles, boats, recreational vehicles, and homes. It's the fourth largest auto insurer in the country, the largest seller of motorcycle insurance, and a leader in commercial auto insurance. Progressive also offers car insurance online in Australia at http://www.progressiveonline.com.au. Founded in 1937, Progressive continues its long history of offering shopping tools and services that save customers time and money, like Name Your Price®, the Snapshot Discount®, and a concierge level of claims service. The Common Shares of The Progressive Corporation, the Mayfield Village, Ohio-based holding company, trade publicly at (NYSE:PGR). Progressive PRSteve Kaczynski, 440-395-1008skaczyn1@progressive.com