During the 2018 hurricane season insurance companies utilized drones to collect data at unprecendented speed. Drones have certain features that make them especially useful in the insurance and training industries. They are small, easy to maneuver, and don't require an airport runway for launching. Drones don't require an onboard pilot, so they can travel to places that are unsafe for humans. Drones move faster than humans. A 20-minute drone inspection captures around 350 images of the property in question, and provides data that can be used to identify moisture trapped in roofs, produce 3D models and elevation maps, calculate flood or wildfire risk, and derive property measurements. Insurance professionals use drones for post disaster area assessment, roof damage inspections, boiler inspections, chimney inspections, post disaster claims inspections, and underwriting policies.
Department of Defense training contractors utilize drones to collect data on ground troop exercises, medic field care training, tactical and civilian vehicle operations.