Is it a bird? Is it a plane?

April 17, 2015 6:58 am

As far as technology is concerned, where the States leads, we’re usually not far behind. So beware: the insurance drones are coming!

There was a lot in the news recently about Amazon being given the go-ahead to use drones for deliveries in the US. Now the Federal Aviation Authority has given approval for some insurers to start using drones instead of humans for inspecting dangerous damage.

It’s believed that these ‘unmanned aerial vehicles’ will be used to ‘inspect sites, assess and manage risks and loss controls for US customers’. They are going to be particularly targeted on assessing damage in catastrophe areas or hard to reach locations, such as the roofs of commercial buildings.

They’re not going to suddenly appear out of nowhere though – or at least not yet. They still need to be operated by human ‘drivers’ via remote control and remain within the operator’s sight.  The publicity is promising that this will lead to high-resolution images of damage which will in turn expedite the settling of claims.

Loss assessing always was a high-flying career….