5 min. As the trade war between the United States and China continues without an end in sight, it looks like the drone industry could be the latest to be affected by the economic dispute. The proposed American Drone Security Act 2019, which would ban the use of federal funds for purchasing drones manufactured in China, would forbid all federal entities in the United States from buying and using DJI platforms.
3 min. Our Drone Platform Manufacturer Ranking 2019 Report ranks the top drone manufacturers in the world using company size, market shares and public attention as key parameters.
3 min. To mark the release of our inaugural Drone Market Report and our new one of a kind bottom-up market model, here are the most important market trends you need to know about the drone industry.
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.
3 min. Earlier this month the thermal imagery manufacturer FLIR bought the UAV developer Aeryon Labs for $200 million, beating their previous record in publicly disclosed drone investments of $134M.
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.
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.
3 min. Increasing numbers of companies are becoming active in the drone sector. The last few years have seen the development of a real market that provides a diverse range of platforms with specific applications.
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?
5 min. The last year in the drone industry moved at incredible pace – especially when it comes to strategic partnerships. We frequently provided updates about drone partnerships in the past. Now, why is this so important? Drone companies (hardware and software manufacturers, and service providers) are constantly expanding their product/service portfolio and interdisciplinary expertise. This is extremely interesting because it unveils the company’s strategic alignment.
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.
6 min. Many experts saw the 2016 rollout of Part 107 from the FAA as a watershed moment for the commercial drone industry as a whole. For a long time, organizations of all sizes stayed awayfrom fully exploring UAV technology because of the hurdles and uncertainty associated with securing a Section 333 Exemption.
3 min. The drone market today can be described as a melting pot of different technologies, where combinations of hard- and software components and service features are provided to the end user. In order to create sustainable success in this extremely fast moving market it is essential to maintain strategic partnerships or invest in a solid UAV portfolio.
3 min. Small UAVs, as compared to manned aircraft, convince through their ability to fly very slowly and at lower altitudes. This way, more detailed and valuable information can be obtained. UAVs close the gap (between ground- and aircraft/satellite-based methods) through their ability to fly at low altitudes (up to 100m), which cannot be covered by the alternatives mentioned previously.
4 min. Old and new leader of the drone company ranking is DJI (▷1). The Chinese platform manufacturer remains expanding both company portfolio and market presence. Toy manufacturer Parrot (▷2) defends rank two with solid distance to the newcomer Xiaomi on rank three.
3 min. Last year we published the initial Drone Market Environment Map and it was so successful that we updated and enlarged it to visualize the current evolutionary stage. This map provides the most comprehensive picture of the global drone ecosystem, making the drone market more transparent and accessible for prospective customer, investors and newbies.
4 min. Everyone is doing something with drones today. If you want to check out what could be in it for you, this article is a must-have! Here you will find what’s happening today, what’s out there, what’s necessary and last but not least, what’s possible.
3 min. There is a new leader of the TOP20 Drone Company Ranking – DJI (△+1) is in the lead with narrow margin to Parrot (▽-1). The eternal battle of the two giants for the first time turned towards the Chinese drone manufacturer.
3 min. Let’s summarize the companies that entered into partnerships in the drone industry last year. What is obvious is that in recent times a great deal of strategic decisions has dramatically increased the rate of partnerships either to broaden the portfolios, to occupy a niche, or to secure a position before a competitor does.
3 min. The race for the TOP 20 is getting more and more exciting as the distance shortens between the competitors. As company activity and global reach increases (e.g. new products, funding, etc.), so does their overall score. Whenever new products are launched, funding rounds are completed or M&A’s successfully executed it has a measurable effect in terms of an increase or decrease in global company awareness.
3 min. Today, nobody doubts the monopoly position of the Chinese drone manufacturer DJI when it comes to the number of certified drones.
3 min. The third and the last part of this series is about the drone market M&A activity. In this article, you will find a number of interesting facts – about the mergers and acquisitions – that transpired in the drone industry over the last few years. However, we believe that the best collaboration of ideas and assets are yet to come.
3 min. Besides the startups that we noted last week, there are of course many mature drone companies out there. About a year ago, some of them left the start-up phase to grow into a fast developing market. Undoubtedly, to be among the best you need a lot of money from people who believe in your vision.
2 min. Over the next three weeks, we will introduce you to the most successful hardware and software startups, mature drone companies and the latest market M&A activity.
2 min. Why did you choose the drone that you are currently using? If you decide to buy a drone today, what would be your reasons for purchasing it? Does the price have the biggest influence on your buying decision? Of course, you want to get the drone that has the best performance for your budget. Because of that, you decide to check out some drone types.
2 min. Today you read a lot about new drones with new features and increased capabilities. But what does that mean in relation? Does this new feature make this new drone really better than any other?
3 min. We expanded our drone manufacturer ranking to an industry company ranking to give a better insight and to show all current players in the commercial drone market. This extended ranking reveals components and system manufacturer as well as software-suppliers in addition to the drone-platforms.
2 min. We all know that more and more drones are flying over our heads. But what type is it exactly? In the last month we saw another massive increase in registered UAV’s (by 333 exemption). By the end of Q2 2015 700+ operator were approved by the FAA. Now, three months later, there are more than 1700 (260% increase) and the market demand is still higher than the current capacities.
4 min. When we hear the buzzing sound we can’t help but wonder about the of drone utilization we should keep in mind that this new “hobby” definitely will change the world in pretty much every aspect and direction. What is behind the latest innovation in the sky?
2 min. The Chinese drone maker SZ DJI Technology Co Ltd has established a strong early lead in the U.S. commercial market as companies turn to its inexpensive, light-weight flying drones.
3 min. These two player are currently the pacemaker in the upcoming commercial UAV world and show a lot of presence both physically on almost every international expositions and on all corresponding internet platforms.