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Drone Insurance: ICICI Lombard launches comprehensive policy; check benefits

Drone Insurance: ICICI Lombard launches comprehensive policy; check benefits

ICICI Lombard General Insurance has launched a comprehensive remotely piloted aircraft insurance plan, specially for drone operators. This comprehensive product covers any theft or loss or damage caused to the drone, including the payload (camera/ equipment) attached to it as well as Third Party Liabilities.

As per DGCA guidelines, currently, drones can only be used within Visual Line of Sight (VLOS) and during the day. But in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the use of drones can encompass to monitor the coronavirus-affected areas to carry out sanitization measures and surveillance activities for ensuring proper social distancing measures among communities. These circumstances can pave the way for Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations too.

In a statement, ICICI Lombard said this drone insurance product offers a comprehensive cover wherein an operator can opt for both Hull and Liability cover, for any commercial usage permitted by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) & the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA).

Six types of risks covered

Drone Insurance: ICICI Lombard launches comprehensive policy; check benefits

The comprehensive policy covers six types of risks.

  1. The Hull Cover covers any accidental loss/damage to the drone including theft and disappearance within the scope of the policy. Any loss due to wear and tear or gradual deterioration over time, as well as non-compliance with the DGCA guidelines, is not covered under this.
  2. The Payload Cover and Equipment Cover insures the accidental physical loss or damage of the payload, while the same is attached to the drone, and to the property being spares, engines and associated equipment, respectively.
  3. The insurance also provides a Personal Accident Cover applicable to the insured/authorised operator for bodily injury sustained in India while operating drones and arising out of an accident.
  4. The policy also provides the facility of Medical Insurance Cover for insured/authorised operator who has been hospitalized because of a bodily injury arising out of the flight of the covered drone.
  5. The Third Party Liability included in the product provides coverage for damages from accidental bodily injury and accidental damage to property caused by the drone. ICICI Lombard is offering Third Party Liability, which can cover consequential losses arising out of the operation of drones.
  6. The drone policy benefits also include nine add-on covers and a pay per use model of payment to provide the consumers with a holistic experience tailor-made to suit their express needs.

While the add-on covers include alternate hire charges, drone war liabilities, cyber liability cover, invasion of privacy cover, and BVLOS endorsement, among others; the Pay Per Use model allows the customers to choose the policy depending on their requirement.

Customers can choose a one-day policy, a one-week policy, a one-month policy or even an annual policy.

Commenting on the drone policy, Sanjay Datta, ICICI Lombard General Insurance Company, said, “The drone industry has demonstrated a tremendous growth potential in the recent past. With an increase in commercial as well as civilian uses of drones, there is also a growing need to provide owners with insurance coverage that offers the best protection against damages and helps them reduce their third-party liability exposure. We at ICICI Lombard are committed to introducing innovative products that cater to the new-age risks. With our new comprehensive drone insurance coverage, we want to offer owners the best solution to ensure peace of mind.”

The policy can be availed on the company’s online platform, which also ensures ease of generating quotes within minutes and instant policy issuance.