From big data to edge technologies

The global market for IoT and AI is expected to reach USD 16.2 billion by 2024 (an annual growth rate of 26%), according to a report by Markets and Markets. The estimated growth is mainly driven by the fact that AI can help to reduce the cost of prediction significantly. Prediction is needed to be able to assess the value, price and outcome of, for example, manufacturing processes, medical research and analysis of human behaviour. AI helps to provide an almost consistent picture of reality. At an exceptionally much faster and more cost-effective pace than any traditional excel calculation could ever be done.

And now that we know it and want to be able to get it, we may be facing the biggest challenge; how do we implement it?

Being connected and maintaining powerful data processing in cloud services will not be stable enough. Data is heavy weighing, and more data creates latency and in the worst-case downtime that is completely devastating, for example, for a self-driving car, medical devices or clinical decision support systems.

The latest within AI, and what we work with is called “edge technologies”. That means smaller, smarter systems connected to the larger cloud AI. The smaller, smarter micro AI system is extremely able to calculate which data sources and bits that should be sent to the larger cloud AI for valuation and which should not. With the help of the micro AI, the system can run without the risk for latency or downtime.

Shortly, several processes, components, tools and products, as well as bodies, will be chipped and equipped with such similar micro-edge AI. Exciting, isn’t it? I don’t know about you, but I am looking forward to following this development.

October 15th, 2020 | By Eva Voors, Head of Communications, Greater Than
Tags: AI, connectedcars, Insurtech

Greater Than Granted Seven Patents in the US

We’re proud to announce that The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) had issued Greater Than’s seven patents covering our Artificial Intelligence Methods. The seven patents serve to protect further our methods and AI-based technology surrounding the evaluation of driving data on an individual driver level.

Since our inception in 2004, we’ve been a pioneer in the field of AI development. We early understood what the future would bring when it comes to the usage of Artificial Intelligence, both for calculations and for products. A vision due to the core of our business, which is the development of Artificial Intelligence methods based on driving data and driving patterns, and AI-based products that highly support and evolve industries involved in auto and driving risk insights.

With our patents granted in the USA, we have strengthened our business offering at large and reached another milestone. Our technology and platforms are now firmly positioned, and we’re much looking forward to broadening our scope. Things are vibrant, and we cannot wait to create extensive opportunities for our customers within insurance, auto manufacturing, and the new mobility in the benefit of sustainable business models, with reinforced technologies as the base for their end-user products.

April 24th, 2020 | By Eva Voors, Head of Communications, Greater Than
Tags: AI, Insurtech, Patents, USA

Congratulation electric vehicle drivers, each charge will last for longer

As recently launched in a press release, our AI-based Enerfy Global service is now fully adapted for electric cars (EV’s) and hybrids, tailored for Insurance companies, car manufacturers, and fleets that deal with electric vehicles. As a bonus of the launch, the driver assessment functions also provide a robust tool, so that the driver of the electric car or hybrid can get increased control over the battery capacity. In short, they get the opportunity to get out more mileage per each charge, given our real-time driving feedback.

While our AI correlates individual driving patterns to the probability of being involved in an accident, it also analyzes the relationship between driving behavior and energy consumption in real-time. Through this, Enerfy Global provides a breakthrough product with the benefits, including real-time monitoring, how driving style affects the car’s battery. The driving assessment puts the driver in higher awareness and control by its instant feedback. By gaining real-time information on battery consumption according to driving behavior, the driver can immediately adjust the driving behavior to a less energy consumption one, and by doing so, get the most out of every charge.

Greater Than’s AI algorithms have been practicing real-time driving data from electric cars and hybrids around the world for an extended period. The result is that the AI can boast an accuracy of 99.98 % in its risk analysis, even for drivers not have onboarding diagnostic readers connected in their cars. The accuracy of the AI risk assessment is, however, at the same level as it is when supported by an onboard diagnostic reader (OBD-reader) attached to the vehicle. This precision, done even without connected hardware, witnesses of the magnitude of ourAI. An AI capacity we’re very proud over – especially as we’re alone in the world to deliver such, no matter vehicle or fuel used.

April 16th, 2020 | By Eva Voors, Head of Communications, Greater Than
Tags: AI, connectedcars, Insurtech, riskprediction

We don’t know when the risk is there; we are only humans

Imagine that you would receive immediate feedback on at what level of safety and energy-efficiency you are driving. What if a smart, safe and stable ride would give you, let’s say, sharply reduced insurance premiums at the end of the year. Or that your smooth, focused driving with the rental car is immediately rewarded with bonus points to be used for something fun or tasty during the trip. Or even better, make the car rental cost cheaper. At the same time, a risky, stressful driving behavior would not pass unnoticed.

This is the reality for them who today use AI-powered driving analysis in their cars. They gain real-time insights and feedback on their driving behavior at such a level no human or human calculation ever could have the capability or capacity to give them. And they gain not only insights on how they drive but also get promoted when they do it well and safe.

Until most recently, this was impossible, even for Artificial Intelligence to achieve. AI needs to be trained for years on real driving data, information and driving situations to maintain such knowledge at such precision. By connecting our AI into vehicles and smartphones, we have contributed to making drivers around the globe drive much safer. We know using AI-based real-time assessment is unbeatable and one of the most empowering road safety activities one can conduct. I will explain why it’s so.

As humans, we need to understand the fuller picture, or we don’t seem to get it otherwise. As when we have an app’s telling us about how we are behaving when it comes to walking, drinking, exercising, even how we sleep. The daily result per se doesn’t tell us so much. But when we get the summary from, let’s say a whole month, we get the perspective needed to understand that if we are changing, just a little bit on the margins, it will make us reach our aim. It nudges us to try a little bit harder, improve our selves step by step, all in all, to gain results, and feel much better in the long run.

That’s how we know that the same goes when it comes to real-time driving assessment. When starting to use it, it’s hard to stop. You want to be the brilliant and safe driver you always thought you were, and remain so. Driving without such services leaves us with a feeling of being empty-handed. When starting being aware of any potential danger and risks, who can ever go back to drive without actually knowing if putting oneself and others to danger. It’s like not using the seat belt, even though you know it is excellent protection. Deeply embedded in our DNA, we all want to stay safe and protected. That’s why we want to know what’s going on. We’re only humans.

Mars 17th, 2020 | By Eva Voors, Head of Communications, Greater Than
Tags: AI, connectedcars, Insurtech, roadsafety

AI will shape the future of mobility – in fact, it already does

The future of mobility is one of the most discussed topics of today. Against the background of increasing traffic, increased number of road accidents, and the urgent need to reduce CO2 emission, there is no doubt that the road environment with transportation of humans and goods, will have to change tremendously in a very near future. But why is artificial intelligence the key enabling technology to master the transition to highly-individualized, environmental-friendly, and autonomous mobility systems and not humans?

In the light of an increase of plus 90 million new cars on roads per year and an estimation of 2.0 billion vehicles on the roads year 2030 (today it’s plus 1 billion), the future of mobility will for sure affect both the environment and us as humans. Today more than 25 000 people lose their lives on EU roads every year. Many more are seriously injured. Numbers that increase every year and profoundly affect not solely individuals but society at large – at enormous costs. This at a time when cars never have been safer, roads have never been better maintained and controlled, engines are less fuel demanding and eco-friendlier than ever. Still, we’re staring at the increasing bulk of very dark figures.

Evidence has shown that a vast majority of traffic accidents generally are caused by the recklessness of drivers and their disregard for traffic norms. What drivers do and think behind the wheel seems to be unaffected by traffic regulations. Knowing that individual driving behavior has in fact just as much of an impact on road safety as any external factor, we’re at a stage when we need to better understand ourselves as drivers and our individual impact on road safety much better.

One often raised factor when it comes to cars and humans is that humans can’t comprehend speed. We simply don’t have it in our genes. With very limited relation to a speed exceeding 50 km / h, we remain blind and blunt in relation to speed and its natural risks. We don’t have the basic instincts in place to get it right, and cannot take the rapid decisions needed when we’re moving at high speed. Simply put, our brains do not have the capacity to instinctively react on speed – they are not trained for a long time enough.

With this said, we’re at a point when we rapidly need to embrace alternative ways to get alerted and informed when we expose us and others to danger and at the same time make driving much more smart, efficient, and safe. That’s where AI comes into the picture.

Data analysis using traditional statistical or manual methods is extremely challenging and time-consuming. Should we take in all aspects contributing to accidents, it would take years in time before we’d be able to serve a correct analysis. Well trained AI algorithms do the same job quicker than in a heartbeat. Since it’s the only knowledge it has, it simply becomes an expert in it. That’s how Artificial intelligence supports us at its best. AI replaces and supports us where we fail, and it does so by its capacity to significantly process large amounts of information at an extremely high speed – which is highly valued and needed for example when it comes to alert and avoid accidents on the road.

Providing AI-powered assessment software that communicates in real-time to car-drivers on the roads is proven to decrease their risk of a collision by up to 40%. This is due to how the AI instantly takes their individual driving situation into consideration second per second whilst communicating crucial information and value directly to the driver. A job no human nor human interference can perform in real-time.

At Greater Than, we have listened and learned over the years. Since 2004, when we started to collect driving data and train our AI, we’ve been devoted to developing and deploy AI-based solutions assessing driving behavior. Today our AI predicts accidents with 99.98% accuracy, in real-time, which also fosters better behavior and smarter decisions on the road. Our genuine dedication forward is to put even more advanced solutions inside vehicles, in the strong belief that no driver should drive without having full and transparent access to individual driving feedback in real-time. A standard that is as important as having cars equipped with a three-point belt and airbag. The change in mobility comes with higher awareness. What humans cannot interpret and perceive – AI immediately makes visible and comprehensible.

Mars 3th, 2020 | By Eva Voors, Head of Communications, Greater Than
Tags: AI, connectedcars, futureofmobility, roadsafety

Greater Than opens subsidiary in Singapore

Greater Than opens subsidiary in Singapore in response to the growing business opportunities and increased demand for AI based risk insights and digital insurance solutions in the region.

The Singapore office is managed by Johan Forseke, with the responsible for sales and customer development in the ASEAN market, as well as delivering customer and technical support to both new and existing customers operating in insurance, fleet and OEMs sectors in the area.

“The new office reflects our ambition and dedication to providing high-end products and solutions in Singapore and surrounding regions with unparalleled, high quality delivering” said Johan Forseke “Singapore is a core market within the ASEAN region and it’s here were several innovation hubs are present. By establishing a base here, we are able to further expand our business and product offerings in the region as well as deepen our existing partnerships with AAS, MS First Capital Insurance Limited and ComfortDelGro at site.”

The opening of the new office in Singapore is part of Greater Than’s latest expansion strategy, a result of its strong performance over the last few years, which has seen demand for its AI based insurance solutions grow in foreign markets. Bringing the markets most reliable and competitively priced offering, Greater Than’s solutions and AI based insight into risk plays a vital role in the digitization process of many of the world’s leading insurance companies.

Tags: AI, GreaterThan, Insurtech, newmarkets, PredictiveAnalytics

Greater Than’s AI database reaches half a billion driving situations profiles that price risk in real time per individual car

Greater Than, leading provider of AI based underwriting and digital auto insurance software solutions, announced today that its database of autonomous deep machine learning and AI algorithms now has passed half a billion unique driving situation profiles used to identify and price risk in real time per individual car.

For many years, the insurance industry has waited and lagged a bit with real driving statistics and how it can be used to affect the price picture and lower damage costs. However, now new business models are here to take shape.

“As the only supplier in the world managing to price real-time risk, per individual driver and car, we’re constantly striving to provide stronger evidence and real insights about where the risk actually occurs for auto insurance carriers. With our database and AI, we can predict claims costs with almost incomprehensible accuracy and precision, which our business cases and partners today can provide the most outstanding evidence of,” says Sten Forseke, founder of Greater Than.

The advanced machine learning and artificial intelligence developed by Greater Than identifies the most subtle pattern and change in a driving behavior with 99.98 % accuracy by matching the driving behavior in real time per second to the company’s database of half a billion profiles of driving situations, no matter where in the world the driver is driving. Due to the geo-independency of the solution, Greater Than today provide its service to underwriters around the globe to support a mitigated risk and a reduction of overall claims costs.

“Through our AI, we’ve learned that the more riskful drivers accounts for 80% of the car insurance claims, not only by being involved, or of being the reason of the accident more frequently, but also by being involved in the accidents with highest damages and claims costs. Insights that of course creates enormous value for our customers,” Sten Forseke continues.

With a real-time insight into risk and claims frequency, insurers can for the first time accurately calculate risk and damage frequency and be able to price risk accordingly. Greater Than’s solution Enerfy scores the driving behavior in real time into 15 different risk levels. Where everything over 10 indicates a high-risk driving behavior.

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Tags: AI, connectedcars, digitalinsurance, Insurtech, realtimepredictions