In the past year, drones have become one of the hottest topics for news reporting, for businesses, and for everyday users. A drone, or unmanned aerial vehicle, is simply an aircraft without a human pilot aboard. Drones have thousands of business applications, many of which have yet to be discovered.
Recent uses for drones
- Realtors being able to provide 360 aerial views of their listings.
- Lifeguards will use drones to spot sharks and drop floatation devices.
- Environmentalists can track and monitor endangered animals.
- Golf courses can deliver an AED within seconds.
- Wildfires will be assessed with thermal cameras
- For farmers, a variety of remote sensors are being used to scan plants for health problems, record growth rates and hydration, and locate disease outbreaks.
- Drones will assist with disaster management after tornados, tsunamis, and hurricanes
- Police can use facial recognition to track down a suspect in a crowd
- Sporting events will be covered by drones
- Drones will be used for oil and gas exploration
- Dominos currently delivers pizza in France
- Photographers will get beautiful views for your wedding
- Search and rescue missions will be a little more “technical”
- They will deliver medicine to people in 3rd world countries
- Even selfies are going to change
In the next decade, the drone industry is projected to employ 100,000 people and have a domestic economic impact of over $82 billion. This emerging technology is going to change the business, agricultural, and cultural landscape of the world. Although the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) currently bans the use of drones for business or commercial purposes, Congress told the FAA that by September 15, 2015 it needs to create a plan for safe integration of unmanned vehicles into the national airspace.