There was a time when drones were just like the initial versions of the present-day computers, bulky, expensive to maintain and operate, and feasibly impossible for the general public to own one. But with advancements in drone tech, the industry has come a long way.
Evolution of the drones; from gigantic useless bodies to extremely intelligent machines
You can find different types and kinds of drones roaming about today; they are helping in the farming sector, helping police and law enforcement agencies for scouting the areas, and thermal imaging of hostile territory. Not only are these drones being used by your average person, the digital creators, to capture the innate beauty of nature all around them, but models are also available specifically designed to race for the sports enthusiasts and those for photography.
Following is a brief explanation of the evolution that has taken the drone industry in its clutches, what kind of changes have been rolled out and what lies for drones in the future;
Early days of the drones
The earliest form of a flying object was used in 1839 by the Austrian soldiers when they commandeered unmanned balloons riddled with explosives to be used for attacks on Venice. Many of these balloons backfired and went kaput on the Austrian camps, but many managed to sneak past into the enemy territory and were in a way successful.
It was not until the Wright brothers managed to give us an early design of an aircraft that can be maneuvered in the air to reach a certain place. The structure of the plane was based on the earlier designs provided by the world-famous scientist Nikola Tesla, and it was not successful right off from the bat, but with consistent trial and error, the first manned aircraft was soaring high into the sky. With the advent of modern technology, engineers managed to arrange for a pilot to sit in one of these planes and take full control of it.
It might sound overwhelming that after the success of the Wright brother’s manned aircraft, various other models were suggested, crafted, and implemented. The first idea of how a drone should look like given the compactness of the whole thing and being unmanned was also developed, but sadly the technology remained hidden and unused for decades.
Ruston Proctor’s aerial target is the name of the aircraft that the Wright brothers built. Its sole purpose was to carry bombs that could be thrown into the enemy territory over the German weaponized Zeppelins. But according to the inventors, this thing could also be used against the ground troops. But the final project didn’t deliver the way it was supposed to, and the British Army tanked the whole thing assuming the unmanned aircraft can’t be made and are nothing but a wild dream. But that wasn’t the case as we have modern drones today performing at their best.
Modern drones at present
Assuming the fact that it was believed that the dream of developing an unmanned aircraft would remain a dream, the drone industry has achieved incredible milestones and is making progress by leaps and bounds. Today we have drones that are used by the military for surveillance and other activities, such as their use in an active operation and scouting of the area.
The use of drones has even extended the world of shipping as these are now used to deliver parcels from one place to another, real estate agents are using drones to list various house listings on the internet, and digital creators are using them for incredible video shooting an eye-catching reality induced photography. Drones also find their use in construction, agriculture, the medical industry, and security purposes. To understand the success that the drone industry has had following are some of the drone stats for you;
- Disney; the biggest motion pictures company in Hollywood, used about 300 drones for their 2016 Christmas light show
- Around 8% of the Americans either own or have rented a drone in their life
- 59% of Americans have seen a real drone fly in front of them at some point in their life
- Top photographs captured by US photographers are from the drones
- About 700K drones were shipped to US users in 2015
- According to an estimate, the drone market for agriculture currently sits at $1.2 billion and is expected to see significant growth in 2024 of about $4.8 billion
Implementation of drones in the e-commerce businesses
Drones are practical instruments now, and in this digital age where everything is taking place via a few keystrokes on a computer powered by the internet, the e-commerce giant Amazon is specifically interested in making product deliveries to customers via drones.
Amazon is not the only one thinking of this next-level marketing campaign as UberEats is also interested in the idea and is thinking about employing drones to make food deliveries within a pre-selected region or part of a city. The e-commerce world is admitting to the benefits of employing drones and the agility which these bring to the table. However, it is still in the very early stages of negotiation, but if deliveries begin with drones, then it will only be a start, as you will see many other disciplines of business and life taking inspiration from drones and using them consistently.
Future of the drones and the drone industry
The advancements in the tech industry are definitely inspiring. In a few more years, the design and the execution of the technology present within a drone will become overly intelligent. These would be made lighter, easier to carry the immense load, featuring a sense of compactness that will help them carry these from one place to another and their use increasing at both consumer level and the enterprise level.
Some of the disciplines of business and life that are expected to start employing drone technology in the future are mining, agriculture, public safety, property inspection and area scouting, insurance, and construction. Drones have definitely come a long way, and their rise is on the horizon.