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Insurers, Tech Firms ‘Must Work Together’ to Tackle Emerging Technology Risks

The World Economic Forum is bringing insurers, tech firms and governments together to find ways to tackle risks from new technology such as drones and driverless cars, it said on Thursday. Tech firms have moved fast to develop new products, …

Get Very Used to Drone Usage in the Insurance Industry

One major insurance carrier already has a program underway to train claims adjusters to visit accident sites and fly drones to gather data. American Family Insurance started working on developing a drone program around 2013, and the company now has …

Dubai Stages First Public Test of Drone Taxi Service with Electric Volocopter

Talk about rising above the masses. Dubai staged the first public test of its drone taxi service on Monday, offering a peek at what it might—or will—be like to commute by flying car. The self-piloting, electric Volocopter is less noisy …

Allianz, Insurtech Startup Flock to Launch Pay-As-You-Fly Drone Cover in UK

Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) has partnered with insurtech startup Flock to launch on-demand drone insurance in the UK market through a mobile app for commercial and recreational users. To be available in the UK market later this year, …

UK to Tighten Drone Regulations After Numerous Near-Misses in Past Year

British officials announced plans Saturday [July 22] to further regulate drone use in a bid to prevent accidents and threats to commercial aviation. The new rules will require drones that weigh eight ounces (226.79 grams) or more to be registered …

Novarica: Commercial Insurers Prioritizing Tech Advancements

A new report by the research and advisory firm, Novarica, shows that commercial insurance carriers are modernizing policy administration systems and agent portals to support complexities of business. Novarica also says use of drones, internet of things (IoT), and mobile …

Portugal Accelerates Drone Law After 8 Close Encounters with Aircraft

Portugal is expediting a law that will introduce mandatory registration and insurance for drones weighing more than 250 grams (8.8 ounces). The measure follows eight near-misses between drones and commercial aircraft at Portuguese airports in June. Airlines have warned of …

Doughnut Delivery Drone Takes Flight in Colorado

Doughnuts were delivered this week by drone to Denver’s mayor and the city’s police and fire departments in an event that provided a glimpse into what companies hope will be a quick, inexpensive way to get merchandise to customers. Denver’s …

Japan Readies Strategy for Drones, Autonomous Vehicles

Japan aims to finalize on June 9 plans to allow package delivery by drone sometime from 2020 and the commercialization of self-driving trucks by 2022, as it scrambles to breathe new life into its corporate sector, sources told Reuters. The …

Amazon’s Delivery Drone Project Focuses on Birds (and How to Avoid Them)

Amazon.com Inc.’s development of package-delivery drones is progressing to the point where the company is now thinking a lot about geese. The e-commerce company said Thursday it has started development of an air-traffic control system to manage its fleet as …