State Farm insurance company is seeking federal approval to test drones in evaluating property damage and responding to natural disasters.
The Pantagraph reported Saturday that the Bloomington, Illinois-based company has filed an application with the U.S. Department of Transportation.
It asks for two exemptions to existing rules. One would allow it to operate unmanned aircraft at a private State Farm test site in Central Illinois. A second would allow it to use them during actual catastrophes.