6 min. After an extraordinary year, this recap of 2020 shows ten highlights from the commercial drone space.
6 min. Unmanned Traffic Management, or UTM for short, has been the talk of the drone industry for the past couple of years.
5 min. Having discussed mobile connectivity and 5G networks in our previous post, we now turn to how 5G mobile networks can help the drone industry.
7 min. As the entire world scrambles to react to the global health crisis caused by the spread of the new coronavirus and the COVID-19 illness, conversations about automation and the role of robotics in society have never been more relevant.
5 min. The global market for commercial drones has grown significantly over the last decade and is expected to grow from $17.8 USD in 2019 to $46.4 USD in 2025. According to our calculations, the number of functional drones will grow from 12.2 million last year to over 18.1 million in 2025, spurring flight authorities and society to seek solutions to overview all drone users and the traffic, especially in cities.
5 min. With airport incidents and rogue drone reports piling up across the globe, the demand for anti-drone solutions has never been higher. Beyond witnessing the counter-drone market grow and forecasting how it will do in the future, it is crucial to understand the market landscape i.e. to get a grasp of what anti-drone solutions and measures are currently available.
4 min. Passenger drones, air taxis, flying cars and eVTOLs are just a number of the popular names currently being used to refer to unmanned vehicles which are being designed to carry humans in the future. With all these names being thrown around it’s becoming difficult to distinguish between what an air taxi is versus a flying car, whether there can be one name for all of these devices and if so, why all these different names are being used interchangeably? The answer, as always, lies in the details. All of these platforms have one main thing in common: they are designed to carry humans. Therefore, the term that most accurately describes them under one umbrella is passenger drones.
6 min. One of the most common phrases in our industry is “we manufacture autonomous drones”. But if a company which uses AI to develop sense & avoid functions in drones and a company which manufactures an automatic drone housing system both say they have autonomous drones, can they both be right? The simplest answer is, yes.
5 min. One of the most important goals of AI in the drone industry is to make efficient use of large data sets which are collected by the drone.
2 min. In our ongoing efforts to highlight insights of the commercial drone space, the teams of the Energy Drone Coalition and DRONEII.com created a joint report: “Drones in the Energy Industry 2018”.
5 min. “Actionable Data” is next to a powerful and reliable drone probably the most important driver of the drone industry. Drones often generate large amounts of data – sometimes more than we can handle.
5 min. Drone data security is in a very early stage – not in terms of infrastructure and opportunities, but in terms of adoption. Now, let us paint the bigger picture and put drone data security into context.
8 min. The changes and developments we saw throughout the drone industry in 2017 were incredible and deserve a proper examination. For the most part, the hype that drove so much misunderstanding and frustration in this space is gone,and that’s a good thing. While the kind of hype we’ve seen associated with UAVs can create needed attention, it can also lead to irrational behavior and impossible expectations.
5 min. As the recreational and commercial drone market evolves with light speed, chances to use this technology for civil uses grow – however, this also counts for possibilities to do harm. The ability to do damage in and outside of conflict zones with warfare tactics is frightening and creates an urge to protect oneself. But how?
3 min. Commercial drones are taking the world by storm– industry niches are uncovered and served at an incredible pace. The beauty of today’s technology, however, has more to it than just collecting vast amounts of data – in fact, it is the beauty of drones moving through the air itself.
6 min. To push the boundaries of drone flight performance, batteries must become smaller and lighter. It appears that we reached a certain limit when it comes to power density. Lithium-Polymer (Li-Po) and Lithium-Ion (Li-ion) batteries have become very small and affordable, mainly driven by the mobile phone industry. This led to a wide adoption and today it is fair to say that the great majority of commercial unmanned aerial vehicles uses batteries as a power source (~96%).
3 min. Over the last weeks, we read a lot about flying cars, air-taxis, and personal drones. Recently a variety of concept studies and prototypes was presented and they all immediately create the wish to own one of these and being able to fly wherever you want, watching traffic jams from above. These pictures provoke two things: Make people dream and make great marketing for the creator of these images.