Drones are making their way off the battlefield and into the mainstream for commercial applications. After a years-long blanket ban on drones for commercial usage, the Federal Aviation Administration in late March awarded 48 waivers for commercial drone use and established an interim policy to accelerate authorizations.

State Farm and AIG became the first insurers authorized by the FAA to test and research drones in March, and USAA became the third in April.

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