2018 Commercial Drone Industry Predictions
2017 was the most significant year for commercial drones yet. We saw drones used in almost every industry from archaeology to agriculture. More than 66,000 remote pilots were certified by the FAA in the US alone. And major companies have started setting up in-house operations.
It’s an exciting time for our industry. Here at DroneDeploy, we’ve been close to the action, helping companies large and small put drones to work. Our customers have used drones to improve safety, increase efficiency, cut costs, and drive ROI. We think this is just the beginning.
What’s next as our industry continues to grow and mature in 2018? How will drones continue to transform workflows and generate insights in new and innovative ways?
Read on to get DroneDeploy’s Top Predictions for the Commercial Drone Industry in 2018.
8: Consumerization of Drone Hardware Continues; Services Drive Industry Ahead
Consumerization isn’t a new trend. Tech giants like Apple and Google have been using this model for years to create products simple enough for the consumer, but powerful enough for the enterprise (Hello, iPhone). The drone industry is no different. Learn why we think this trend will continue and what it means for the industry in our latest eBook.
7: (More) Outside Players Enter the Industry
In 2017, we saw some major players throw their hat into the ring. From Intel to Facebook, more outside companies are getting into the drone industry. We expect this trend to continue as new partnerships form and deeper integrations emerge with existing industry solutions. Learn more here.
6: In-House Drone Programs Become Mainstream
2017 was, without a doubt, the year of the enterprise drone program. At DroneDeploy, we saw the number of internal programs surge as companies decided to bring operations in-house. This change is to be expected, just as IT departments began popping up when large firms started adopting computers. Learn where we think this trend is going in 2018 by downloading our eBook.
5: First Large-Scale Fleet Deployments
In 2017, we saw a shift in the commercial drone space. Particularly, the number of enterprises adopting drones and DroneDeploy. As more companies move past proof of concept and expand operations in 2018, we expect to see the first large-scale deployments take to the skies. What will this look like? Learn more here.
4: Drones Enter a New Era of Automation
As more large companies put drones to work, we can expect to see a greater need for automated flight and workflows. More APIs and integrations will connect drone data with industry tools downstream, eliminating silos and driving collaboration across organizations.
Where to Learn More
- Interested in exploring more industry trends? Read our 2017 Commercial Drone Industry Trends Report.
- Curious what DroneDeploy has in store for 2018? Read our latest post to learn how we plan to put the world’s largest drone data repository to work for our customers.
- Want to implement drones at your company in 2018? Download our ultimate guide to setting up an in-house drone program.
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