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Hurricane Damage Tracked by East Texas Company’s Drones

Unmanned aircraft helped a Nacogdoches, Texas, business survey hurricane damage with a degree of speed and safety once thought impossible. The Daily Sentinel reports after Hurricane Harvey battered the Texas coast and Hurricane Irma swamped Florida, Hydrex Environmental set to …

How Aerial Imaging Is Speeding Hurricane Claims Settlements

In the wake of three devastating hurricanes this season, many carriers and vendors used drones and airplanes to assess structural storm damage. This use of aerial imaging combined with machine learning has fostered speedier claims resolution, according to industry experts. …

Munich Re US Launches Commercial Drone Operator Liability Endorsement

Munich Reinsurance America Inc. (Munich Re, US), has launched a new commercial drone insurance product that offers customized liability for insurance companies and their small-to-medium size businesses using drones under Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) Rule 107. Rule 107 went into …

Allied World to Offer Drone Loss Control Services to Policyholders

Allied World North America has expanded its risk management offerings to policyholders to include access to discounted unmanned aerial systems (UAS) services through DataWing, a UAS service provider led by former U.S. Air Force fighter pilots that provides end-to-end options …

Encompass to Use Aerial Technology in Inspecting Homes for Insurance

Encompass has implemented the use of a tool from EagleView Technologies to capture aerial images of customer homes which the company said will be used to “provide a more accurate and faster assessment when issuing or renewing a homeowners policy.” …

Willis Programs Launches DroneGuard for Unmanned Aircraft Systems

Willis Programs, a unit of Willis Towers Watson, and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), an industry association for unmanned systems, have partnered to develop DroneGuard, an insurance program for AUVSI’s members. DroneGuard is designed for unmanned system …

Augusta, Georgia Approves Drone Ban Over Crowds

Augusta, Ga., has approved one of the region’s first local drone laws, which bans the unmanned aircraft from flying in areas where 100 or more people might gather. Officials with the Association County Commissioners of Georgia and the Georgia Municipal …

Georgia City Bans Drones Over City Gatherings

Officials in Augusta, Ga., have voted to ban drone flights year-round over crowded areas. The Augusta Chronicle reports that after having banned the devices during the Masters golf tournament, the Augusta Commission voted 7-2 on March 1 to ban drones …

Kentucky Drone Suit Challenges Airspace Rules, Privacy Expectations

A lawsuit filed against a man who shot down a drone over his Hillview, Ky., home last summer seeks to resolve what expectations homeowners have to privacy as their property is seen from the air. The Courier-Journal reports a local …

West Virginia Purchases Second Drone to Assess Natural Disaster Damage

West Virginia’s Department of Transportation has purchased its second drone. The Charleston Gazette reports that the $3,500 drone will be used to help provide views of hard-to-reach or inaccessible areas. Department spokeswoman Carrie Bly says it will be used for …