As Hurricane Harvey continues to hammer the Texas coast, insurers plan on leveraging drones and digital channels to address an expected barrage of claims for wind and water damage. It's likely to be a major test of the increasing amount of investment insurers have made in the technology, as well as partnerships with drone service providers, over the past several years.

San Antonio-based USAA is preparing to send out unmanned aerial vehicle systems after the hurricane, operated by a network of pilots available to USAA on demand.

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