How Generation Z Is Influencing The Insurance Industry

Generation Z came of age at a time when startup companies are using AI to simplify purchasing, communicate directly with customers, and apply analytics to their business. But frankly, this generation may not remember services or products without voice activations, personalized buying suggestions, and chatbots. As Gen Z becomes more influential as consumers, their expectations for services and interactions will include many AI-based offerings. Add the purchasing power of the Millennial generation with that of Gen Z, and all businesses must evolve to meet these collective expectations for technology.

The insurance industry, like many others, is quickly adapting and integrating AI into business operations. It was projected that there is a potential annual value of up to $1.1 trillion in additional business revenue if AI is fully embraced in the insurance industry alone. However, it’s not as simple as adding something like visual intelligence to the photo estimation process.

Computer vision and the technology enabling it to need to include two fundamental elements: quality data and knowledge of vehicle repair. AI-based solutions must be trained and supported by the combination of these two elements to ensure consistency of results at every stage.

AI-Based Image Recognition and Processing

For those who have recently filed an insurance claim of any kind, you are probably familiar with the image capture and upload process. While image capture is not necessarily new, the technology evaluating and improving the process is quite new and can be complex. Automation tools improve the first notice of loss (FNOL) and triage processes by speeding up the review of damaged photos, identification of total loss vehicles, and supports the identification of the next best action for repairable vehicles. Decisions that affect claims outcomes for the insurer, repairer, and insured are made at the beginning of the claims process.

There is more than one way to approach AI photo-based estimating. One approach is to train AI models by learning from historical claims data and related damage photos. Another approach is to use a training data set containing annotated or “labeled” photos.

In the absence of an AI-based estimating system, trained appraisers are required to produce repair estimates. However, with the use of an AI system, those skilled workers can be reassigned to more complex cases.

Providing an accurate estimate of the size, position, and severity of the damage plays a crucial role in getting the repair cost correct. Many variables influence the cost including material, geometry, accessibility, and thickness. Modern vehicles are made of alternative materials, such as different types of steel, aluminum, and carbon fiber. This is a lot to consider and, hence, why the repair science element of AI-based estimating is important.

Repair Science + Data Science

For every touchpoint served by AI, the algorithms that power these solutions must be trained and supported by the right set of data to ensure consistency of results at every stage. It’s not just about adding AI to an existing workflow. Estimating with AI is about blending repair science technology with a database of historical claims and images gathered over years of servicing and supporting the industry that makes this evolution so powerful.

The combined approach of these two types of data enhances machine learning algorithms to drive efficiency and accuracy. It provides an integrated approach to increase accuracy and performance, compared to simple AI image recognition point solutions.

Future-Proofing for Digital Native Generations

Now, more than ever, with the increasing use of digital channels by all generations and younger generations’ expectation for it, AI is becoming trusted by service providers around the world, including those in the insurance industry. It’s widely accepted that this is the future and as with any new technology adoption, it doesn’t come easy. It takes partners with the right background and expertise to help chart the path and expand adoption.

Inmediate is an insurtech startup from Singapore that is using the latest technology such as Artificial intelligence, Distributed Ledger, and NLP, making insurance processing and underwriting fast, cheap, and flexible. That gives for better processes, lower costs, improved time to market, and new revenue opportunities.



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