According to DroneDeploy [www.dronedeploy.com]—a drone mapping software startup with the largest drone data platform in the world—drones will finally go mainstream in 2018. Here are 8 more bold predictions about how the drone industry will change in the new year:
1. THE “IPHONE EFFECT” WILL COME TO DRONES
Just like Apple created products simple enough for consumers but powerful enough for enterprises (hello, iPhone), drone hardware companies like DJI are making drone hardware more reliable, easy to use, and available at price points everyone can afford.
2. (MORE) OUTSIDE PLAYERS WILL THROW THEIR HATS INTO THE RING
In 2017, major companies like Intel and Facebook entered the drone industry, and we’ll see this trend continue as new partnerships form and deeper integrations emerge with existing industry solutions.
3. IN-HOUSE DRONE PROGRAMS WILL BE THE NEW NORMAL
As drone adoption continues across major industries, companies will create drone departments—a 2017 survey shows a full 67% of companies currently flying drones are choosing to hire in-house employees, and this will only increase.
4. THOUSANDS OF DRONES WILL GATHER DAILY DATA
We’ll see the first large-scale drone deployments take to the skies—meaning companies will fly fleets of hundreds, or potentially even thousands of drones on a daily basis to generate aerial insights.
5. DRONES WILL ENTER A NEW ERA OF AUTOMATION
As more large companies put drones to work, they’ll turn to automated workflows, especially for data transfer, analysis, and adaptive flight planning.
6. GOODBYE, ALGORITHMS: BETTER DATA WILL DRIVE BETTER INSIGHTS
As companies gather more and more data, they’ll start using it to solve their drone mapping and modeling problems—instead of relying on pure algorithms alone.
7. MACHINE LEARNING AND AI WILL DOMINATE
There are relatively few applications of machine learning and artificial intelligence in the drone space, no matter how much the terms are thrown around. But in 2018, they’ll be used to solve some of the biggest challenges in industries like agriculture and construction.
8. DATA ANALYSIS WILL HAPPEN BEFORE YOUR DRONE LANDS
Instant data insights are the future of the industry—and advancements in edge computing are already making real-time drone data analysis possible, enabling a company to make key decisions before their drone even hits the ground.
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