Insurance drones expected to play a major role in Hurricane Harvey’s aftermath

Property insurance firms like State Farm and Allstate are preparing to use drones to inspect commercial and residential properties in Texas and Louisiana they insure that were damaged by Hurricane Harvey, according to Slate. The companies expect to start inspecting properties early next week, once the storm completely subsides.

The benefits of using drones to inspect damaged properties are magnified during natural disasters like Hurricane Harvey. To speed up inspection processes and reduce labor costs, some insurers have started using drones to assist human workers in inspecting damages on properties they insure. But this is especially helpful in cases of major hurricanes like Harvey, where many roads can’t be used at all and insurers have to wait days to visit the site of the damage. But by using a drone to reach and inspect the properties, they could inspect the same number of properties in a shorter time frame despite the region’s infrastructure being unusable.

And that’s likely good news for the drone industry.

More insurers could jump on the drone bandwagon. Only 20% of global property insurers currently use drones to inspect damaged properties, but this could climb higher in the coming years. That’s especially likely as more insurers see the benefits of using drones to inspect damaged properties in the wake of natural disasters, which could push drone adoption in the insurance industry to new heights.