The United Services Automobile Association (USAA) recently deployed unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) to assess roof damage in a San Antonio neighborhood after a destructive hailstorm hit the city.
According to a report from KSAT 12, last week’s hailstorm caused approximately $1.4 billion in damages. USAA, which is headquartered in San Antonio, then used drones to augment roof surveys as part of its insurance claims process, the article says.
USAA describes itself as a family of companies that provide insurance, banking, investments, retirement products and advice to 11.4 million current and former members of the U.S. military and their families.
The insurer holds authorization from the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct commercial UAS flights. Last year, USAA participated in a Measure and American Red Cross study that underscored how UAS can help first responders and improve disaster-relief efforts.