State Farm will begin testing drones as part of a response to insurance claims, the company announced Thursday, saying it was the first insurer to do so.
The company plans test flights at sites around Bloomington, Ill., where State Farm is headquartered. The company’s major West Coast offices are in Tacoma and DuPont.
The drones could help “assess potential roof damage during the claims process and respond to natural disasters,” according to a news release. The FAA has given permission for limited testing that eventually could “evolve to testing in real-world scenarios,” the company said.