Drones, we keep hearing about them lately. A lot. But how many of us actually know what they are, and what’s their full potential? Probably, not many. Commonly known as drones, these are also known as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), or, in other words, an aircraft without a human pilot aboard. Drones are operated with various degrees of autonomy: either under remote control by a human operator, or fully or intermittently autonomously, by onboard computers. And the potential? You guessed right, it’s enormous!
The fact that drones are fully or partially autonomous, agile, smaller than planes and can carry different kinds of payloads, means that they can be used for specific tasks, like those where humans have failed or simply didn’t shine. How, you might ask? Well, here are some of the best examples of how drones are changing business:
- You simply cannot discuss drones without mentioning Amazon. The company is well-known for embracing any kind of innovation, and things are no different this time around. Amazon is working on what they like to call “Amazon Prime Air”, a future delivery system, designed to safely get packages to customers in 30 minutes or less using small unmanned aerial vehicles, also called drones.
- What about security, intelligence, special missions and solutions for industrial facilities? Meet Airobotics, a fully automatic drone-platform and an operated aerial system.
Airobotics empowers industrial companies to leverage the power of drones without the need for skilled and expensive drone operators. The platform enables customers to run missions autonomously to monitor, inspect, survey, and secure large industrial facilities and other strategic sites. By taking the drone pilot and operator out of the equation, Airobotics removes the most expensive and hard to find component of industrial drone operations.
- Using drones for anything practical is great, but what happens when this expensive piece of hardware suddenly stops working during a flight and then drops dead to the ground? Well, good thing ParaZero thought about a brilliant solution! As companies such as Amazon and Google look to commercialize the use of drones for multiple purposes, and private consumers and hobbyists are enjoying more affordable drone models, the safety of both people and property has become a huge concern.
ParaZero has developed its SafeAir system, that includes an automatic parachute recovery system for drones that will not only protect and prevent injury of people and assets on the ground, but will also allow drone operators to protect their investment in expensive drone hardware.
- Even governments and national organizations are now using drones. In Australia, rescue authorities are using drones to identify sharks and provide assistance to swimmers threatened by them. In the UK, Royal Mail wants to start using drones for deliveries in countryside and in order to improve their service.
All in all, it seems like drones have officially become the next big thing in tech, combining machine-learning, top-of-the-line hardware and great design concepts. The potential is there and it’s huge, it’s only a matter of time until we’ll start seeing more and more businesses and organizations utilizing this flying wonder.