(USA)

A major American insurance firm has announced it is going to use drone technology to improve its inspection capabilities.

Farmers Insurance will use a fleet of unmanned aerial aircraft systems (UAS) – supplied by Kespry – to speed up inspections and reduce the number of risky situations faced by inspectors.

“Farmers investments in technology and innovation are driven by our commitment to deliver a better experience for our customers at every point of engagement. We believe our new drone program will help improve response time and safety for our claim representatives during their evaluations, and ensure Farmers maintains a leadership position in the insurance industry,” said Keith Daly, chief claims officer for Farmers Insurance.

Drone tech is being harnessed by a growing number of companies and industries. In Australia drones are helping to improve environmental inspection – and even spot killer sharks by providing a more robust early warning system. The Government of Malawi and UNICEF are partnering on a new drone initiative to gauge how effective UAVs are in supporting humanitarian efforts. While a report in March said civilian drones have saved the lives of at least 59 people worldwide since 2013.