Commercial drones are shaping the way entrepreneurs are running their businesses. Along with 7 other new technologies, drone technology will have a great impact on businesses in the years to come.
Drones are poised to become a viable solution for all kinds of businesses in the very near term. In June 2016, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) cleared a path for commercial drone use, establishing safe-use rules that include airspace, speed, pilot certification, and other guidelines for operators. – Read more at:
Dr Kevin Curran, senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, says the rapid advancement of drone technology, combined with a desire to reduce fuel costs, means drones will become commonplace over the next five years – PwC estimates the market will be worth $127bn by 2020, according to a report by The Guardian.
Among businesses in the UK that will be using drones are supermarket deliveries, aerial photography, advertising at public events and security/surveillance, Curran predicted with a caveat that business owners need to heed the regulations set forth by the Civil Aviation Authority and to take note of safety and privacy concerns. “Drones have rapidly developed in a short space of time,” says Curran. “In the future, we could well see businesses look to the skies.”
In the U.S., the same forecast is seen for commercial drones. In fact, a number of real estate companies are already realizing the benefit of providing drone photography services in marketing properties.
Real estate and insurance companies are examples of businesses and industries with a growing interest in making better use of UAS technologies. Images captured by UAS can help an insurance company quickly assess damage in an area harmed by a natural disaster, while it also can be used by real estate companies to share images of land or houses in ways not possible before. – Read more at:
And the future looks wide open for drones in photography, film and video production – Shutterstock predicted in a recent article. Here’s an excerpt:
As the consumer market grows exponentially, and with the commercial industry already testing deliveries, there will be plenty of drones in the sky. Keeping them all in the sky will be a major obstacle. As for the near future, expect to see more astonishing devices from the likes of companies like DJI, Yuneec, and even GoPro. While 2016 brought major steps forward in drone technology, this is still just the starting point. – See more at:
In addition, the economic impact of commercial drones cannot be overlooked. Here’s an excerpt from a report by Investopedia (2015):
A recent study estimates over the 10 year span from 2015 to 2025 UAV integration within national air space will account for $82.1 billion in job creation and economic growth. […] On a macroeconomic scale, integration of UAVs will create over 100,000 jobs. Over a ten year span, job creation from commercial drone use will consist primarily of manufacturing jobs. Likewise states will benefit from tax windfalls from increased economic activity. The implications clearly have a positive impact on businesses and consumers. – Read more at:
Meanwhile, drones are also useful in scientific research, such as shown by this report:
Bowhead whales like their afternoon siestas.That’s what UBC’s Sarah Fortune realized after she and her fellow researchers gathered and analyzed stunning drone footage of the mammals in the eastern Canadian Arctic. […] She believes this is the first intensive effort to study bowhead whales with the use of an aerial drone, and says researchers now have a better understanding of how the whales forage and travel.
Notwithstanding the risks of abuse (e.g. by terrorists) as well as issues of privacy and safety, commercial drones benefit the world in more ways than we can imagine.
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