HDFC ERGO introduces AI-tech for automating motor claim settlements

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 02 Nov 2020

HDFC ERGO General Insurance, one of the leading non-life insurance company in India has announced the launch of the AI tool IDEAS (Intelligent Damage detection Estimation and Assessment Solution) for motor claim settlements.

The IDEAS module uses neural network image processing and analytics, machine learning and natural language that supports instant damage detection as well as calculation of the claims estimate for the surveyors to help in motor claims settlement in real-time. The company says this tool along with the digital inspection for the company comes as an advantage for the surveyors, partner workshops as well as the customers amidst the ongoing pandemic.

e2e, HDFC ERGO’s surveyor mobile application, is claimed to be the first-of-its-kind mobile application launched for surveyors in 2017 which enabled surveyors to process entire motor own damage claims through mobile phones on a complete paperless basis. The IDEAS module, which is trained using more than 300,000  images over the last two years and is agnostic to vehicle make and models has been  integrated in the surveyor mobile app. The insurance provider is moving towards planned and systematic implementation of various technologies to automate the complex process of motor claims. The IDEAS implementation will improve the surveyor’s efficiency and support the workshops for damage estimation as well and thereby speeding the claims processing for ultimate benefit of the end customers.

Parthanil Ghosh, president – Motor Business HDFC ERGO General Insurance said, “Customer and partners are our topmost priority, and hence we channel our efforts towards finding new technologies and innovative ways in which we can simplify processes for faster and efficient claim settlements. We have implemented the use of AI in one of the most complex process of claim settlement post exhaustive testing and by leveraging the best-in-class technology. At present, almost 75 percent of our physical inspections are assisted through IDEAS tool and have already processed more than 20,000 motor claims with promising accuracy levels. We look to further revolutionise the way  claims will be settled in the insurance sector and very soon move towards instant claim settlements for customers, turning their satisfaction into delight.”

HDFC ERGO says the IDEAS has been seamlessly integrated and implemented in the surveyor’s inspection workflow for them to receive auto estimation of the damage by clicking the vehicle photos. The module does the rest wherein the entire process is done under 3 main functions which will Read (vehicle number, make and model), Detect (all vehicle parts, damaged parts, the severity of damaged parts) and Auto Assess/Estimate the claim amount, based on the damage and severity detection using the AI-assisted intelligent rate masters. IDEAS module is also said to minimise the risk of fraudulent claims.

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