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.

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