Drone technology has grown significantly over the past decade. It used to be a technology that only belonged to the military.
But now we see it in the hands of civilians and businesses. The capabilities of drones are limitless for our society.
Commercial drones look to be the next big trend in technology. Big companies like Amazon are already coming up with ways to incorporate commercial drones into their business practices.
Other companies are likely going to follow in their footsteps. What do you think the most significant needs for commercial drone usage are going to be?
Below are seven popular commercial uses for drones.
1) Shipping Packages
There has been a lot of discussion in recent years about drones delivering packages and shipments to people.
It has been well over a decade since amazon launched its prime delivery service, they have been working on an ambitious plan to deliver almost instant delivery.
Amazon is working on creating a shipping service called “Prime Air.” Anyone who has an Amazon Prime membership will be able to have their order delivered to them in 30 minutes or less.
The Amazon warehouse will secure their package to a drone and fly it to the customer’s house, where it will drop off the package and fly away.
Rather than carrying millions of products a driver can now only carry a few dozens.
Just like a self-driving car the drone houses a number of sensors to help it understand its surroundings.
If this proves to be successful, you will probably start seeing other retail stores and shipping companies using a similar drone shipping service.
2) Architectural Planning and Development
Commercial drones are often used for their aerial photography capabilities. Everyone from architects to surveyors use commercial drones to photograph properties and calculate their dimensions.
These photographs can be useful for planning real estate construction projects and creating 3D designs of what future developments might look like on the land.
A survey that used to cost many thousand dollars you can now for less.
The innovative technology behind this sensor improves every year, which makes it easier for architects and surveyors to do their jobs.
3) Emergency Services
Companies in the medical industry can now offer their customers a fast way to get the supplies and medicine they so desperately need.
For instance, if someone is isolated in a location where they need medical supplies quickly, a drone can fly those supplies directly to them faster than any other emergency response service.
Doctors refer to these drone deliveries as “telemedical packages.” They will not just carry bandages and first-aid kits either. These drones may even have defibrillators and provide medical assistance to people too.
Firefighters now have a new tool and you guessed it right ‘Drones’. They have become a valuable tool in emergency management and disaster. They are fantastic at gathering data, data that may be hard to get otherwise or dangerous are easily recorded with a drone.
Already the use of commercial drones has brought drastic change in this sector and would undoubtedly continue to grow bigger.
Farmers have begun to use commercial drones to navigate their agricultural property and locate plant life that appears to be dying on the land. This practice helps enhance farming activities, soil and field analysis, spiral crop production and record crop growing processes.
It is a convenient way for farmers to take an inventory of their crops and see what needs to be treated or replaced.
Some commercial drones can spray fertilizers and pesticides onto the crops that need them. It saves farmers the hassle of having to do this work themselves.
In fact, the drones can help farmers monitor the population of their livestock and look for signs of problems there.
Drones used for the agricultural market are expected to grow from $1.2 billion(USD) industry in 2019 to $4.8 billion in 2024.
This process is very satisfying and easy and more and more farmers are embracing the new technology.
5) Civil Engineering Projects
Civil engineers usually work for government agencies. Their job is to oversee the construction of roads, dams, bridges, oil pipelines, railroads, airports, and other developments that affect the environment and livelihood of the public.
Civil engineering firms use commercial drones to survey public lands and to determine the safest way to develop or improve the infrastructure in these areas.
You are able to create meaningful data that can be used for a number of useful applications. For example, drone LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) can create 3D images through the use of laser technology.
LiDAR scanning is an invaluable tool for accurately representing buildings and structures in detail. Thanks to its efficiency, speed and accuracy, it’s becoming widely used in construction and engineering.
6) News Media
Using drones is growing fast in every sector of the economy. It is even more popular in news media these days.
News organizations no longer need to send reporters on a helicopter into the air to capture aerial video of an important newsworthy event on the ground.
As seen on many breaking news sites these days instead, they can control a drone from a remote location and have it capture the footage quickly and easily.
7) Wireless Internet
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is eager to bring wireless internet to the developing regions of the world with the use of the “Aquila drone.”
Earlier this year facebook’s audacious stratospheric solar powered internet beaming drone “Aquila’’ flew for the first time. Facebook still needs a way of connecting the drone to the internet. Their target is to deliver the internet across dozens of miles to a fly in “Aquila’’ Then the drone could beam the signal straight down to the areas that aren’t already online.
Rural areas would be a major benefactor to this new innovation.
The idea is that several Aquila drones would fly around developing regions and transfer internet signals between satellites on the ground and satellites in space.