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The drone market has grown significantly in the last few years, with both hobbyists and professional users alike taking great interest in exploring the capabilities these devices have to offer. This growth is set to continue into the foreseeable future, with 7.5 million drones projected to be taking to the skies in Europe by 2030. Widespread adoption of drones has the potential to revolutionise industries and generate billions of dollars in economic growth. But as drone technology matures and enters the mainstream, users and businesses will have ever higher expectations of performance and reliability.
Drone technology has already seen high-profile adoption by hobbyists and the film industry, but analysis from Gartner shows huge global uptake in construction, emergency services, insurance and logistics. These broad and varied use cases each bring with them unique challenges to performance and reliability, pushing manufacturers to innovate in order to secure their share of a booming market. This innovation across the industry will naturally also bring benefits to the consumer drone space, as emerging technologies and form factors expand the possibilities open to the owners of personal drones.
While the construction and other workhorse industries have been quietly buying drones for some time, the sector with the greatest potential for growth is logistics and commercial fulfilment. Global brands like Amazon and DHL have been touting the imminent arrival of drone delivery services for some time, but it’s only now that these plans are starting to be realised, with pilot schemes rolling out in select cities worldwide. Why has a large-scale implementation of delivery drones lagged behind applications in other sectors? Because the performance and reliability demands of a large-scale drone delivery service are simply on a different scale than those of other industries.
In a connected world of same day 24/7 deliveries, retailers will require large fleets of delivery drones spread across sprawling urban areas. For drone deliveries to be commercially viable, flight time and range needs to be maximised and downtime for recharge and repair minimised. Reliability requirements for large fleets of wide-ranging
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