5 min. Passenger drones, air taxis, flying cars and eVTOLs are just a number of the popular names currently being used to refer to unmanned vehicles which are being designed to carry humans in the future. With all these names being thrown around it’s becoming difficult to distinguish between what an air taxi is versus a flying car, whether there can be one name for all of these devices and if so, why all these different names are being used interchangeably? The answer, as always, lies in the details. All of these platforms have one main thing in common: they are designed to carry humans. Therefore, the term that most accurately describes them under one umbrella is passenger drones.
5 min. As high-profile drone delivery companies like Wing, UPS Flight Forward, and Zipline have made headline after headline this year, the hype around drone deliveries has become bigger than ever. But is it really all hype, or are we on the brink of major change in the way that goods are transported? Over the past two months DRONEII has conducted thorough research into the drone delivery market to bring you the latest market updates and answer all your burning questions. Here’s just a small snippet of the content that we’ve compiled into our latest Drone Delivery Report.
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.
6 min. Sub-Saharan Africa has a complicated relationship with drones. For most part of this century drones have been used there for military purposes. Thanks to this, but also due to a lack of well-established infrastructure, many people do not associate commercial drone technology with the African continent.
3 min. Our Drone Drone Service Provider Ranking 2019 Report ranks the top DSPs in the world using company size, market shares and public attention as key parameters.
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.
5 min. Urban Air Mobility (UAM) is a major component of the future of transport in smart cities. This post explores the role of drones in UAM…
6 min. Here to introduce our 4th annual Drone Market Environment Map is an article giving you the latest drone industry updates broken down by segment…
3 min. Due to popular demand the Drone Industry Barometer is back again, this time featuring views from over 500 companies in the drone industry.
3 min. As one of the most prominent players on the global drone market, the United States is also home to some of the most exciting developments in the industry. From world-leading R&D.
5 min. Regulating new technologies has always been a cumbersome task for authorities. Striking the balance between responsible and facilitating regulations is difficult, and various countries have taken very different approaches to drones.
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. As the industry matures, the drone job market is becoming more difficult to navigate. Companies are competing to develop the most automated and integrated solutions possible for clients, and the manpower and job-specific skills for this do not grow on trees. Drone Industry Insights is here to help you navigate these challenges.
3 min. Our inaugural Drone Applications database is DRONEII’s answer to the many questions about the nature of drone applications that we regularly receive from our clients. It is a comprehensive overview of current and past use cases of drones in all industry sectors. In the report, the DRONEII team analysed over use cases, conducted in over 100 different countries and by over 80 different manufacturers.
6 min. From ‘DroneGate’ to air taxis and AI – the commercial drone industry is starting 2019 full of excitement. To help you navigate the drone markets this year, here are the trends, laws, tech and players to watch.
2 min. In our ongoing efforts to highlight insights of the commercial drone space, the teams of the Energy Drone Coalition and DRONEII.com created a joint report: “Drones in the Energy Industry 2018”.
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.
5 min. Drone data security is in a very early stage – not in terms of infrastructure and opportunities, but in terms of adoption. Now, let us paint the bigger picture and put drone data security into context.
2 min. Drone investment trends are strong indicators to predict the future of the drone industry. The low price of drones and ability to carry sensors, quickly triggered adoption throughout many industries. Meanwhile, the commercial drone market created an entire eco-system attracting large investments.
6 min. Drone service providers have been around for a while now – time to showcase the scale on which drones are being put to work today! The commercial drone market changed a lot over the last years – we saw how hardware lost its leading position and has been displaced by drone services and drone software solutions. This development can be seen in the evolutionary changes in the investment market and in the distribution of strategic partnerships.
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.
3 min. Commercial drones are taking the world by storm– industry niches are uncovered and served at an incredible pace. The beauty of today’s technology, however, has more to it than just collecting vast amounts of data – in fact, it is the beauty of drones moving through the air itself.
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.
2 min. Drone Industry Consulting, a sister company of the leading drone research platform DRONEII.com, started operation to provide a unique combination of market insights and consulting know-how.
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.
2 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. Although the commercial unmanned aviation industry is still in its infant days, the market already presented a diverse range of fantastic hardware, software and operational products. These prerequisites connected, especially in the last two years’, many accelerator, early stage and also later stage investment companies with the market.
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. Besides several startups, a few operator firms came up with innovative concepts that seem to pay off. Between 2012 and 2014, $6.3 million were invested into professional operator companies. In 2015, the number increased by 700% to $44.3 million.
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.
4 min. On December 18, 2015, the EASA published the Technical Note “Introduction of a regulatory framework for the operation of unmanned aircraft” for the operation of drones or unmanned aircraft in the European airspace.
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?
6 min. Drone Industry Insights presents a four-phase model of an UAS safety risk assessment. This approach is an appropriate solution which fits, according to effort and usability, in everybody’s organization. This model is the fundamental frame for a safe and reliable organization set up, which should be used for drone flight permission and insurance applications.
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?
3 min. At this moment there is more unmanned aerial vehicle traffic than manned, legislation however is widely spread not able to keep the pace with the development of the market.
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.
2 min. The demand for Unmanned Aircraft Systems has moved from military drone usage and created a whole new world of civilian uses just waiting to be operated.
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.
2 min. The FAA began issuing 333 exemptions in September of 2014 as a stopgap measure to allow certain low-risk commercial drone operations while the industry waits for the full regulations.
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