Allstate uses drones to assist Texas customers

Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) has reported using drones to inspect hail-damaged homes in South Texas, the company said.

The company said it is using drones for the first time after new FAA rules went into effect. Allstate used multiple drones to test image quality, damage analysis tools and customer response to the technology.

The new rules from the FAA, known as Part 107, cover a wide variety of commercial uses for drones weighing less than 55 pounds. Allstate´s drone program continues research and development with the goal of using drones in both the claims process and for property inspections.

During the Texas test, Allstate partnered with EagleView Technology Corporation to analyze the flights and further research how the images collected can contribute to an overall aerial image strategy for the insurer.

Allstate is a publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households through auto, home, life and other insurance offered through its Allstate, Esurance, Encompass and Answer Financial brand names.