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USAA has asked the Federal Aviation Administration for permission to test drone aircraft for use in future claims assessments, writes the San Antonio Business Journal.

The San Antonio-based insurance giant wants to begin testing small, unmanned aircraft systems that can record data over areas that have been damaged as the result of a natural disaster. A five-pound, slow-speed PrecisionHawk aircraft could be used to capture this data at times when physical access to some areas is restricted. USAA wants to use the technology to settle insurance claims quicker.

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