Commercial Drones: Numerous Industries to be Transformed by Unmanned Flight

Once the preserve of massive military budgets, drones are now making significant strides in commercial industry, initiating substantial efficiency gains. Now drone technology has reached commercial relevance, and much more is predicted to follow.

A future as a vital part of infrastructure beckons, not just in maintenance but also in mobile infrastructure in isolated areas of the world. Regulations allowing, drones are entering a period of development during which many industries – most notably construction and agriculture – will very quickly look very different.



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Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Overview 2

Catalyst 2

Summary 2

Expanding infrastructure role of drones hints at lucrative future 6

Autonomous drones are nearing commercial reality, potentially transforming industry 6

Arrival of drones threatens to radically change how infrastructure is delivered 7

Advances in software are expanding drone capabilities, enhancing usage 9

Early dominance of DJI could be storing up problems for future software development 9

DJI dominance will be hard to overcome due to build-up of consumer confidence 10

Software improvements are propelling capability improvements 10

Regulatory environment is crucial for future use of drones 12

Regulations must enable companies and organizations to realize cost savings drones provide 12

Drones offer hefty savings on infrastructure maintenance 13

Rules governing drones must not restrict industrial application 13

Rules are restricting development of drone delivery services 14

Agriculture can gain handsomely from drones, but some doubts have surfaced 15

Tracking abilities of drones are set to make farming much more precise 15

Problems with current generation drones have emerged, setting back widespread acceptance 16

Hardware development is expanding the role of drones in agriculture 16

Construction industry making efficiency strides via drone investment 18

Real time aerial inspection presents significant cost and efficiency savings for an industry operating on slim margins 18

Stockpile observation performed by unmanned aerial vehicles will soon become commonplace 19

Better data gathering is speeding up communication on construction sites 19

Conclusions 20

Drones are advancing rapidly in commercial relevance as technology develops 20

Appendix 21

Sources 21

Further Reading 21

Ask the analyst 22

About MarketLine 22

Disclaimer 22

List of Figures

List of Figures

Figure 1: Sharper Shape drone 6

Figure 2: Facebook, Aquila drone (artists impression) 8

Figure 3: DJI Mavic Air drone 9

Figure 4: Zipline drone, Rwanda 11

Figure 5: New York Power Authority drone 12

Figure 6: Drone wind turbine inspection 13

Figure 7: Amazon Prime Air drone 14

Figure 8: Agriculture drone 15

Figure 9: Bee pesticide protest 17

Figure 10: Construction drone 18


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