BOSTON, Jan. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Imagine choosing your driving route based on where you're least likely to have an accident. Solaria Labs, the innovation incubator recently formed by Liberty Mutual Insurance has set out to make this a reality with a forthcoming open API developer portal that combines public data with proprietary insurance knowledge, helping to inform future products and apps for customers. This technology will be able to help consumers do everything from finding the safest driving route to assessing auto damage from a fender bender with a smartphone camera.
"We introduced this initiative to develop products and services that benefit everyone and ultimately help drivers make informed choices and feel less worry on the road." said Ted Kwartler, assistant vice president, Innovation, at Liberty Mutual Insurance. "We expect to deliver new value to the community with a focus on improving safety by combining our expertise and insights while employing emerging technology."
Later this year, the Solaria Labs developer portal will aggregate public data on auto theft, parking citations as well as crashes using proprietary insurance knowledge. After signing up, developers and data scientists can analyze the aggregated data to identify, for example, the safest driving routes and places to park in major U.S. cities. Providing this comprehensive collection of data will help fuel the development of future apps to improve safety for both drivers and passengers.
For example, through a new, experimental app from Liberty Mutual, auto owners could be able to gauge damage to their car in real-time and receive a recommendation on repair costs leveraging their smartphone camera. Using artificial intelligence, the new feature would be based on thousands of car crash photos.
The developer portal is spearheaded by Solaria Labs, the company's in-house technology incubator founded in September 2015. Solaria Labs was established to help solve unmet consumer needs, foster new ideas and attract talent in a startup environment. The lab has partnered with universities, including MIT's AgeLab, to fund research and participate in relevant discoveries on new trends. This includes next generation vehicles, the sharing economy, and connected home products that enable real-time connectivity in the areas of security, efficiency, safety and convenience.
"The developer portal is just one example of the exciting work being done through Solaria Labs," said Adam L'Italien, vice president, Innovation, Liberty Mutual Insurance. "At Solaria, we're bringing to life new, transformational products and services in areas of importance to our customers and look forward to developing more preventative and helpful solutions for the future."
Solaria Labs will also soon be launching a new location in Singapore. Through the new Solaria Labs location, Liberty Mutual will work collaboratively within the robust Singapore innovation ecosystem to explore new ways of combining auto, home, environmental and infrastructure data to assess risk- ultimately helping people live safer lives.
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