Wheelbase | January 27, 2022
The insurtech company Roamly today announced its new professional insurance product for the rapidly growing market of professional RV rental companies worldwide. Wheelbase, the professional software product for RV fleet operators, will now embed Roamly into its software to make insurance painless, simple, and economical.
New, tailored RV insurance product brings digital insurance to commercial RV operations.
The new partnership offers Roamly, the only tailored RV insurance product, directly to commercial RV rental operators, tour companies, and booking agencies. In addition, Roamly is made available directly from the software for any consumer who books trips and vacations through a rental company utilizing the Wheelbase software.
With embedded digital insurance, commercial RV operators and their customers no longer have to navigate insurance solutions that can be costly, cumbersome, and complex. Roamly also includes trip cancellation coverage and interior damage coverage for renters – making for a seamless and worry-free vacation for travelers. Roamly also provides benefits that reimburse the traveler for unused, prepaid, and non-refundable insured travel arrangements.
"With the growth of commercial RV rental operations worldwide stemming from an environment where people want to travel, as well as the dominant position that Wheelbase enjoys in the professional market, this partnership made logical sense for consumers who want an easy-to-book and fully protected trip without the arduous task of sorting out insurance with agents and brokers,"
- Roamly's Chief Insurance Officer Aaron Ammar.
Now consumers have a way to protect their trips, and fleet operators can focus on customer operations without chasing insurance products through insurance carriers, which are commonly expensive and complex to purchase. Operators utilizing Wheelbase software and Roamly insurance include Road Adventures by Mark Wahlberg, a rapidly expanding RV rental business in Ohio partially owned by Hollywood actor Mark Wahlberg.
"When you dive into the RV rental business, it is a priority for your fleet to be insured both during and outside of rentals to mitigate all risks, It can be a bit gut wrenching to hand your keys over to a stranger, and hope they will properly care for your unit. However, utilizing Roamly insurance for both our renters and our company has cultivated a peace of mind for us. The transition was seamless and simple, and the Wheelbase team was there to help every step of the way."
-Chris Haydocy, Managing Member of Road Adventures by Mark Wahlberg.
In 2021, more than 240 new companies started using Wheelbase software to run their business – amounting to roughing one new RV rental business onboarded every other day.
Roamly has grown rapidly over the past year. Having recently come out of beta, it's already produced more than $7M in written premium.
Roamly is the first RV-focused insurtech in the world, unlocking RV insurance to make owners' vehicles 'rent ready.' Roamly provides unique digital insurance products that eliminate the commercial use exclusion clause that prohibits online renting activity. Our insurance provides the clarity that owners need to ensure their vehicles which are affirmatively allowed to be rented on platforms like Outdoorsy. For more information, visit www.roamly.com.
Wheelbase is the RV industry's most powerful fleet management and rental software that streamlines the way small, medium, and large RV businesses operate. Wheelbase provides RV rental companies with a cloud-based complete suite of rental management tools to optimally run businesses from the first point of customer contact to key return. The software provides rental companies with fleet management, payment processing, web hosting, online booking, insurance protection for domestic and international renters — all from one simple dashboard. The software is used by 1,000+ companies in the US, Canada, Australia and throughout Europe.
expert.ai | December 21, 2021
Expert.ai (EXAI:IM), the premier artificial intelligence (AI) platform for language understanding, today released a new Expert IQ Report, "How Cyber Insurance Has Evolved in 2021." The report provides insurers with insight into unprecedented change and risk being driven by the pandemic, causing costs to soar and confusion to spread across the marketplace. In the first half of 2021 alone, threat research shows global cyber-attacks climbed 29%, ransomware incidents jumped 93% and demands rose an astounding 518%.
Report findings are produced using expert.ai's advanced natural language understanding (NLU) capabilities. The technology takes a unique approach to AI by combining symbolic human-like comprehension and machine learning (ML) to create practical applications that deliver real business impact and measurable benefits. With deep understanding of any kind of document (presentations, contracts, emails, claims, reports, posts, social media messages, etc.) it helps organizations turn unstructured language details into structured data at speed and scale. This augments discovery capabilities and streamlines the automation of complex, knowledge-centric processes.
The Expert IQ Report is a regular series that provides deep content analysis from massive amounts of language data on a given subject. For "How Cyber Insurance Has Evolved in 2021," expert.ai analyzed a sample of approximately 1,130 articles, published in a range of insurance industry outlets between January 2021 and November 2021. Focused on insurance news, opinions and analysis, the analysis identified the cyber-related issues discussed most online, capturing the main topics, trends and sentiment expressed about them.
A few of the cyber insurance findings in the report include:
Products and impact: Cybersecurity and cyber risks were common themes with data clearly showing both a need for more suitable insurance products and the potential impact on existing contracts.
Insurers struggle with risk: A strong correlation between cyber threats and COVID-19 appears to show that underwriters are struggling to evaluate their exposure to pandemic-generated vulnerabilities.
Resilience and relevance: Cyber risks have been testing the ability of organizations to prepare for, respond to and recover from attacks. As a result, resiliency emerged as the main topic across 67% of cyber-related articles in the sample analyzed, proving the insurance sector is still relevant to global improvements in cyber resilience.
"What makes policy review and comparison especially complex for cyber is that threats are evolving and growing. Contracts may exceed 100 pages – it's not easy to streamline the review process to avoid unintended risk exposure while ensuring coverage certainty, With NLU, we augment underwriters by making policy reviews faster, more consistent and accurate. We help them overcome new challenges - like those posed by 'silent cyber' - by improving the reading, identification and extractions of critical information around explicit and implicit coverages."
-Pamela Negosanti, head of sector strategy for financial services and insurance at expert.ai.
"The right AI approach can provide enterprises competitive advantage by automatically generating fast, accurate market understanding from existing business documents. You can identify emerging risks and trends, gain a detailed picture of sentiment, design more effective and profitable products, seize new opportunities and more. It's insight today for decision-making that'll shape your future and provide strategic advantage."
-Keith C. Lincoln, expert.ai CMO
Expert.ai (EXAI: IM) is the premier artificial intelligence platform for language understanding. Its unique hybrid approach to natural language combines symbolic human-like comprehension and machine learning to extract useful knowledge and insight from unstructured data to improve decision making. With a full range of on-premises, private and public cloud offerings, expert.ai enhances business operations, accelerates and scales natural language data science capabilities while simplifying AI adoption across a vast range of industries, including insurance, banking & finance, publishing & media, defense & intelligence, life science & pharma, and oil, gas & energy. Expert.ai has cemented itself at the forefront of natural language solutions and serves global businesses such as AXA XL, Zurich Insurance Group, Generali, The Associated Press, Bloomberg INDG, BNP Paribas, Rabobank, Gannett and EBSCO.
Setoo, Pattern Insurance | July 19, 2021
Setoo, an embedded insurance pioneer, announced today that it has entered into a merger agreement with Pattern, an insurtech startup that has emerged from stealth mode. Pattern will be the name of the joint venture's activities in Europe and the United States. Pattern will assist companies in generating new revenue streams and increasing customer satisfaction by transforming all of their online transactions into protected experiences without the need to be an insurer.
Pattern will provide a one-stop-shop for embedded insurance products, enabling businesses to provide a fully protected buying experience for their customers, along with real-time underwriting data for a frictionless buying process, as a result of a merger. The fully automated, embedded insurance-as-a-service platform enables businesses to create and distribute unique and personalized insurance products autonomously. Pattern's coverages include parametric and traditional insurance products, which are seamlessly offered by businesses to their customers while fully compliant with local regulations. In addition, Pattern requires companies to protect customers from unforeseen changes in plans, inclement weather, utility outages or surcharges, shipping delays, and other factors.
The two companies have received a total of $25 million in funding since their start, including a recent seed round of $10 million for Pattern. In addition, Kamet Ventures, the venture builder where Setoo was incubated, Comcast Ventures, MS&AD Ventures, Foundation Capital, FinTLV, TechAviv Founder Partners, Kli Capital, Abstract Ventures, and others have invested in the joint venture.
The merger is expected to be completed by the end of August. Pattern will be insured by AXA, Spinnaker Insurance Company, Wakam, and others after the merger.
Setoo enables e-businesses to develop and offer personalized protection products, increase revenue from ancillary services, and provide an exceptional customer experience. E-businesses can use Setoo's platform to create new, super-targeted parametric and traditional insurance products in minutes, address actual concerns, and generate automatic compensation without requiring consumers to take any action. Setoo serves high-profile clients such as Amadeus and LMN as an insurance Managing General Agent (MGA) in the EU and the UK.
Pattern is a one-stop-shop for innovative parametric and traditional insurance products that enable businesses to provide their customers with a fully protected digital buying experience. Pattern's coverage includes utility outages, weather incidents, and much more. Pattern is nearing the completion of its operational deployment as a US MGA.