Three Million Personal and Commercial Drones to Fly this Yea

Global shipments of drones will rise by 39% this year.

Global shipments of drones will rise by 39% this year.

Research from analyst house, Gartner, said that despite necessary regulation of the market, 2.9 million drones will be shipped this year – 2.8 million for consumer use and 174,000 for commercial use.

Gartner said cheap and lighter personal drones priced below $5,000 capable of flying for no more than 5km or one hour, and with their flight height constrained to about 500m, would gain in popularity as an extension of consumer smartphone devices.

The commercial drone market will stabilise as more and more countries will settle on effective regulation and more companies feel confident to test and deploy the technology.

Gartner senior research analyst, Gerald Van Hoy, said the commercial and personal drone markets were increasingly overlapping as some businesses preferred to use lower-priced equipment for commercial ventures.

Van Hoy said: “Personal drone suppliers are now aggressively trying to position themselves in the commercial market.

“Recent technological advances blur the lines, allowing personal drones to be used in many special-purpose applications, such as surveillance, 3D mapping and modelling.”

The most popular drone usage in the future looks to be for industrial asset inspection around oil, gas, energy, infrastructure and transportation. Researchers said this segment will account for 30% of the market through to 2020.

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