Erie, Pa.-based Erie Insurance Group is planning to use its recently granted Section 333 exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to operate drones for claims and underwriting processes.
Erie, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, offers insurance exclusively through local independent agents.
According to the exemption grant, the approved drone is a DJI Phantom 2 Vision+.
‘At Erie, we see drones as high tech meets human touch,’ says Gary Sullivan, vice president of property and subrogation claims at Erie Insurance. ‘Drones will help our claims adjusters get an early look at potential damage without putting themselves in harm's way due to unsafe conditions, such as on a steep roof or at the site of a fire or natural disaster.
“The sooner we can get in and assess damage, the sooner we can settle claims and help make our customers whole again so they can move on with their lives,” he explains. “We're proud to be one of the first insurance companies at the forefront of this next chapter in claims innovation.’