A new FAA ruling will allow the Property Drone Consortium to fly drones for property claims research on behalf of customers. Allstate is a member of the Consortium, which is led by EagleView Technology Corp., a technology provider of aerial imagery, data analytics and geographic information system solutions.
In a catastrophe, access to neighborhoods could be limited by local authorities, debris or weather, the Consortium said, and drones could help claims professionals serve customers despite those restrictions.
"Clearing this hurdle is a big step forward as we continue to research the benefits of using drones in our property claims service," said Shawn Broadfield, Allstate's claims vice president and member of the Property Drone Consortium. "The ability to use drones in areas hit-hard by catastrophe where accessibility is limited will help us better assist our customers when they need us most. Allstate is always looking to leverage innovation as we help our customers protect what matters to them most."
This Property Drone Consortium’s exemption includes the following provisions:
The FAA approval paves the way for consortium members to use drones to collect and process images for research, which can facilitate the assessment of exterior property damage. The consortium also plans to continue its research on safety, including collision avoidance, visual line of sight and automated flight planning with drones, the consortium said.
By: Chris McMahon
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