DRONEII whitepaper: expectations and reality of the drone industry and the impact of Covid-19

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DRONEII conducted research that included 697 respondents from 75 countries. The participants were asked about their perspectives on the industry, about changes and about the impact of the pandemic. The research mainly focused on the years 2018-2020.

Changes in drone application

While using drones for mapping was the dominant drone application in 2019, inspection and maintenance operations became more popular in 2020. Moreover, due to regulational changes, the agricultural application of drones (including spraying and seeding) increased in 2020.

What are the benefits of using drones?

Participants of the study were asked, which benefits of drones do they find the most important. Saving time was mentioned as the most important aspect (60%) followed by increasing the quality of the results (59%). Respondents also mentioned that deploying drones can increase the overall safety of workers (53%).

Expectation about the development of the drone industy

The overall expectation about the drone industry has decreased compared to previous years.

Companies invest more in marketing and sales operations that shows that the market has matured.

The short- and long-term impacts of Covid-19

The participants of the study reported that due to the pandemic, the demand for drones and services has significantly decreased. Relatively high number of companies said that the pandemic had a negative short-term impact on their business.

However, when asked about the long-term effects of Covid-19, most respondents thought that the pandemic will have a positive impact on the industry. Since the pandemic increased the demand for automated services, including medical and food delivery, companies of the sector expect a growing demand for drone services.

Read the free white paper here: https://droneii.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/The-Drone-Industry-Barometer-2020.pdf

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