Sorry Android users, you are actually not the safest driver

We live in the age of citizen science where anyone can be a researcher through online surveys and data programs. But identifying the ulterior motives of the researcher does not require much.

So when I saw a research report from auto insurance company Jerry’s claiming that Android users are more secure than those who own an iPhone, my eyes started rolling. Let’s take a look at what he said, what they think he means, and what I think he could mean:

How did Jerry do his research?

In his research, Jerry analyzed data collected from 20,000 drivers over 13 million kilometers of driving over a 14-day period. The data produced an overall driving score and sub-scores for acceleration, speed, braking, cornering, and distraction. The results were then aggregated by smartphone operating system and different demographic characteristics.

What does her research say?

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Jerry claims that Android users generally outperform iPhone users in safe driving:

Specifically, the research found that Android users scored 75 overall, surpassing iPhone users’ score of 69 for safe driving overall.

Sure, they score higher, but there’s not much difference between 69 and 75. And even lower between 82 and 84 for acceleration, or 78 and 80 for braking.

Overall, I’m not sure these differences are large enough to instigate any kind of action or triumph.

Look, I understand. You crunch numbers, and you want to make a big confirmation to prove a hypothesis, or whatever. I’ve written a lot of white papers over the years where I’ve tried to provide somewhat weak data that says something important. But these numbers are better than being firm.

The only thing that really interested me was distracted driving. This category had the biggest difference, with Android users scoring 74 points versus 68 for iPhone users, an increase of seven points. I would like to have some ideas on this. Are iPhone users more distracted by mobile apps? Do they spend more time fiddling with playlists and podcasts? Or is it distracted for other reasons?

Jerry’s research also found that Android users without a high school diploma scored higher than iPhone users with doctoral, master’s, and bachelor’s degrees.

The study offers no explanation. But I suspect one factor may be that those who leave school earlier are more likely to have more driving experience, possibly because a lower-income job requires a longer commute from home to work. Or they may have blue collar jobs such as delivery driving.

What is the impact of credit scores and Android usage on driving?

Likewise, the statistics have something interesting to say about credit ratings. As the insurance company does the research, Jerry is likely to hedge his bets.

While the scores closely tracked the credit ratings, Android loyalists in the lowest credit tier outperformed even iPhone users in the highest segment. I would like to know what other findings could be common among the low credit subgroup of phone users.

It could be as simple as people with lower credit scores are more likely to be on lower incomes. Thus, they are more likely to own Android, which is cheaper than the iPhone. They are also less likely to incur driving fines, which acts as an incentive to drive more carefully. I was really expecting Jerry to search a lot here for some detailed analysis.

Instead, the company suggests that you can find a rationale (nominally) for the higher Android scores in the two groups’ personality studies.

One study He found that Android enthusiasts were more mindful. in contrast, else They found that they demonstrated higher levels of honesty and “felt little temptation to break the rules.” On the other hand, iPhone users showed higher levels of agitation, which means that they are less consistent and predictable in their behaviour. Perhaps that translates to greater acceleration, braking, spinning, and higher speeds—all behaviors that would lower a person’s grade.

I don’t know; Seems to me a bit of a stretch.

I should add, for journalistic integrity, that I only owned one iPhone, left on a plane in Frankfurt years ago. annoying. Since then, it has become a variety of Android phones, including the primary (RIP) phone. I currently own a OnePlus and have plans to purchase Next Fairphone. But if I had more money, of course, I’d also have an iPhone to take advantage of app testing. So I am not affiliated with either protocol.

I don’t think I’m close to getting lower premiums to owning an Android. But the article was such a hit, it got journalists like me talking about Jerry’s insurance, perhaps the actual goal of the company after all.

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