Acend Inc. and Liberty Special Markets to Launch

Acend Inc., an insurance and technology company, and Liberty Specialty Markets, part of Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, are teaming up on a new drone insurance platform, . By replacing paperwork and complexity with data-driven automation and user control, is a platform that makes buying drone insurance easy to understand and convenient to purchase online.


“Insurance is complicated for drone operators. Insurance providers rely on historical manned aviation methods to evaluate drone risk. This approach has proven difficult to adapt to the dynamic way drone enterprise works, and places many operators with rigid, complex, and expensive policies,” said Jason Griswold Co-Founder and COO of Acend. “The collaboration with Liberty Specialty Markets empowers us to collectively design innovative drone insurance products as well as have our policies backed by one of the world’s most trusted insurance brands.”


Key components of the platform:

– Platform provides coverage for all drone types, sensors and equipment.

– Baseline policies for drone assets on the ground start at an affordable cost.

– Flight coverage may be purchased on-demand to suit the customer’s enterprise requirements. Whether customers require flight coverage for one day or for one year, the on-demand insurance platform provides users the control to dial up or down the policy coverages they need, when they need it.

– Includes a “Flight Saver” intelligent system that automatically looks for and applies discounts to customers who employ risk reduction techniques such as continuous pilot training, implementation of safety management and operation of more reliable equipment.

– A fast and easy to use claims portal and support center.

– An easy to use document center including the ability for a client to add Additional Insureds.

– An easy to use program for brokers.


“At Liberty Specialty Markets, we are always looking to provide risk solutions to our policy holders in new and innovative ways. The rise of drone usage by our customers is expanding rapidly and partnering with Acend makes perfect sense to meet this increasing demand,” said Mike Gosselin, Chief Underwriting Officer, Specialty. “Here we have a chance to match Acend’s market leading technology with innovative insurance products and collectively create a best-in-class solution for the drone market.” is the first of several online products to be launched by Acend, Inc. focusing on the intersection of insurance and autonomous vehicles. will go live in limited release and be on display for the first time at the booth (#440) at Xponential 2017. It will move into full release across the US in summer 2017 with additional international markets scheduled to follow.