Drone Deploy one of the leading companies in drone mapping software and drone data processing in the drone industry, have published what they consider to be the key drone industry predictions for 2019 and beyond.
Drones are starting to become an indispensable part of our economic infrastructure and the consultancy firm McKinsey predicts the economic impact of the commercial drone market will increase from $1 billion in 2017 to over $31 billion by 2026.
Drone technology is being used by the world’s largest industries, including construction, agriculture, mining, surveying, and property. Drone hardware and applications are increasing in sophistication; and now they make jobs safer, data more accurate, and workflows more efficient.
Here are 7 of their key predictions.
Deployment of 100+ Drones By Large Enterprise
Companies moving from proof of concepts with 1-10 drones in 2016 – 2017, to scaling operations in 2018 with 10-50 drones, to having fully scaled deployments with over 100 drones from agriculture, insurers and energy companies.
The Age of Autonomy
The first FAA-certified Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drones, with completely autonomous functionality, were cleared for take-off in the United States in 2018. More are coming from drone-in-a-box companies. Expect to see up to 500 deployed in 2019. Although many will be proofs-of-concept, they will be critical steps forward.
Enterprise Drone Hardware
The main drone industry manufactures will release more enterprise versions, appealing to the Prosumer market.
New entrants to the market, such as DJI’s Phantom 4 RTK and it Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual, deliver the capabilities enterprises have long asked for at an attractive price point. For those companies seeking highly-accurate data collection, 2d mapping by drone, 3d mapping by drone prices have dropped. Take a look at the Mavic 2 with thermal camera at below £2,700. This is 5x cheaper that previous DJI drones equipped with thermal cameras.
Massive Growth in the Energy Sector
Drones are a must-have on energy-related construction sites, and they are increasingly being used for surveying, operations, and maintenance.
Some of the largest oil and gas companies around the world now rely on UAVs to improve operations and safety. key benefits of the drone industryinclude making inspections safer and improving regulatory compliance driven in particular by the massive opportunity for solar energy companies.
In House Consolidation
it is now easier for companies of all sizes to train CAA approved commercial drone pilots and launch their own drone industry programs.
While the drone service sector continues to provide on-boarding and scaling capabilities, internal growth will exceed outsourcing. Drone services providers will remain an important part of the drone ecosystem, supplementing companies’ ability to start and scale operations.
Drones become the Norm in Emergency Response
Drones are also proving increasingly useful in emergencies. Expect to see more drone usage this year in response to natural disasters and emergency relief efforts. Just look at the use of drones in the devastating fires in California and their use in Paris France at Notre-Dame.
Boom in Infrastructure Inspection
Drone deployments for inspections have emerged as one of the leading use cases for UAVs. Low-cost enterprise drones like the Mavic 2 are making zoom and thermal capabilities more accessible, particularly for infrastructure inspection of roofs, roads, bridges, towers, and utility lines.
You can read and download the full Drone Deploy ebook – “2019 Commercial Drone Industry Predictions” here.