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.
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.
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.