“Balancing security against a smooth user experience is a challenge for many businesses, but our AI technology means we’re able to help Drover deliver both,” Onfido CEO Husayn Kassai said. “Reducing risk and building trust is core to both of our businesses, so the partnership is a natural fit.”
With Onfido as a partner, Drover will offer its drivers the ability to easily verify their identity when signing up for the company’s flexible car subscriptions. Drivers take a photo of their government-issued ID document, and Onfido checks to assure that the document is genuine by cross-referencing it against international databases. The technology also leverages machine learning to conduct facial checks to ensure image accuracy and liveness.
Drover CEO Felix Leuschner highlighted this last factor as one of the key reasons for partnering with Onfido. “As we grow our user base, being able to consistently deliver the speed our users want with the security they need is crucial,” he said. “Onfido helps us do both, so we can protect our platform without impacting on (our) user experience.”
An alternative to car leasing and buying, Drover began as an option for drivers working for Uber. Founded in 2015, the company has since grown into a subscription service for consumers that provides access to a new car for a single, all-in-one monthly payment. Drover is based in London, U.K., and has raised more than $9.7 million (£7.5 million) from investors including Partech, Version One Ventures, Cherry Ventures, Forward Partners, and BP Ventures.
Onfido demonstrated its Facial Check with Video technology at FinovateFall 2018. The London, U.K.-based company, which was founded in 2012, raised $50 million in new funding last month in a round led by SBI Investment and Salesforce Ventures. Appointed to the FIDO Alliance Board of Directors and added to the inaugural cohort of cross-border regulatory sandbox, Global Financial Innovation Network (GFIN) this spring, Onfido also made major C-suite moves in the first half of the year, appointing Kevin Goldsmith as Chief Technology Officer and Thomas Ammirati as Chief Revenue Officer.
In addition to its partnership with Drover, Onfido has teamed up with a variety of businesses and institutions this year. In March, the company announced a collaboration with INTERPOL to help the international police organization better spot fraudulent IDs. In February, Onfido announced it would provide identity verification for 2nd Address, a California-based online rental marketplace for extended accommodations.