Upcoming Trends in Commercial Drone Usage
Drone technology has become more accessible and is rapidly being adopted by the private and commercial sector to improve operations and increase efficiency. The drone services market is expected to reach over $60 billion by 2025. Not only has the usage of drones increase, but also the way in which we use them is evolving too. We take a look below at commercial uses and applications of drone technology in 2022:
Light detection and ranging, or LiDAR, is a method of measuring distances and detecting objects in real space by sending a laser pulse down to the surface and measuring the length of time it takes for the light to return to the sensor. The data is used to create three dimensional point clouds which can then be used to create maps, models, and other deliverables.
Creating Digital Twins
A digital twin is a virtual model of a physical object providing a close to exact replica including scaled size and dimension, colour, and in some cases temperature and wall thickness. Having a digital twin of the asset shows how the asset will perform in the future by using AI software to create algorithms and variables.
Drones are already used in agriculture as they are able to map regions and determine crop damage after a storm, discover water drainage issues, determine quantity of yield, find disease or pest and check up on livestock quickly. For large farms spanning thousands of acres, the use of drones will be expanded to a more active role including spraying insecticides and herbicides and improving irrigation.
Healthcare & Rescue
Drones are currently being used to improve emergency response after a disaster or in dangerous situations by showing the extent of damage, safe areas, and where to deploy rescue teams. However, by equipping drones with thermal cameras, drones can also be used in more advanced search and rescue missions to find survivors, especially in earthquakes or other disasters where people may be trapped under rubble.
Amazon is already exploring Prime Air, a way to deliver packages and products to customers in 30 minutes or less. Amazon customers in Lockeford, California, will be among the first to receive Prime Air drone deliveries in the U.S. Once onboarded, customers in Lockeford will see Prime Air-eligible items on Amazon. They will place an order as they normally would and receive an estimated arrival time with a status tracker for their order. For these deliveries, the drone will fly to the designated delivery location, descend to the customer’s backyard, and hover at a safe height. It will then safely release the package and rise back up to altitude.
News organizations are turning to drones to capture the footage they need in place of helicopters and camera men. Drones can fly lower and go beyond the “bird’s eye view” to provide more in-depth information about road conditions while saving time, resources, and money to do so.
Drones make it possible to collect data and access information in a variety of ways while saving time and minimizing costs, just like our freight tracking software.
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