Iowa to be testing ground for drone flights by insurance adjusters

One of the nation’s largest home and auto insurance companies plans to launch a program in Iowa next year using drones to inspect property damage after disasters ranging from fires to floods to tornadoes.

Shawn Broadfield, vice president of innovation & claims at Allstate, says the remote-controlled aircraft are small, maneuverable and can carry high-definition cameras to help survey properties and assess claims.

“Tornadoes are a natural disaster that occur quite frequently out there,” Broadfield says. “Damage can be intermittent as well as widespread. Drones can help us assess that damage quickly and cover more of the damaged area, once we’re allowed in it.”

Iowa to be testing ground for drone flights by insurance adjusters

Dr. Hans Mumm