American International Group Inc. (AIG) says it has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to operate small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to conduct inspections for risk assessment, risk management, loss control and surety performance for U.S. customers.
The exemption also permits AIG to implement a research and development (R&D) program to explore new ways to employ UAVs for its customers' needs.
‘Leveraging cutting-edge technologies like UAVs can enhance our ability to assess and mitigate risks to better help our customers and their communities prepare for and rebuild after a catastrophic event,’ says Eric Martinez, executive vice president of claims and operations for AIG.
AIG had previously established an international R&D program for UAVs and conducted flights in New Zealand. This provided valuable insights on technology, flight operations and image collection techniques, the company says.