About six months after getting the green light from the FAA to test drones, Erie Insurance has used one to assist in a property insurance claim.

The insurer used a drone to inspect the roof of a customer's home after it had been repaired following ice dam damage last winter.After that, the company moved to a second, unrelated claim that involved a tree falling on a neighboring house. The drone captured "detailed aerial images of the roof damage" and compared it to the adjuster's original photos after the tree had been removed.

Erie has released a short video of the process, featuring Gary Sullivan, VP of property and subrogation claims, who wrote about the company's drone plans in Insurance Networking News this spring. Check it out:

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