Drones (a.k.a unmanned aerial vehicles) are one of the most controversial technologies of the 21st century. Unfortunately, most of the attention on this technology is negative because of the role they play in fighting the War on Terror throughout the Middle East. There is no doubt there should be more transparency about how drones are used by governments but this shouldn’t let people be scared away from a technology that could dramatically improve life for everybody. Here are four industries that will be changed forever as a result of the new technology:
Drones could be responsible for a paradigm shift of how goods are delivered to consumers. Jeff Bezos created waves in the December of 2013 when he announced that Amazon was developing a team of drones to directly deliver orders to customers. The restaurant chain Dominoes is also developing technology to deliver Pizzas with drones. The commercial below shows what life might be like if there was no longer a pizza delivery boy:
This technology is not ready to be scaled yet because of issues of safety and because the Federal Aviation Administration has yet to release regulations for acceptable use of commercial drones. Notwithstanding, It is only a matter of time before your local Chinese takeout restaurant has a drone to deliver you Kung Pao Chicken.
Drones are a huge innovation for filmmakers because they make it possible to get inexpensive and high quality aerial footage. Amateur and professional filmmakers can get beautiful sweeping shots that only would have been possible with a helicopter just a few years ago. Small businesses are now capable of shooting professional quality videos at a fraction of what it cost in the past. Here is an example of some amazing footage shot with a Phantom 1 copter and a GoPro off of the coast O’hau:
Drones are an important change in the agricultural industry because they make it easier for farmers to monitor crops. Drones can measure the environment of the crops and deliver images for farmers to examine. The ability to better manage crops helps make farming more efficient by reducing the amount pesticides farmers use.
People focus on how drones can kill innocent civilians; people spend less time focusing on how they can help save people. Drones are particular useful for evaluating damaged caused by natural disasters. Firefighters can now use drones to monitor how forest fires move and spread in places too dangerous for people to go. After the the nuclear disaster at Fukushima drones were used to evaluate damage while radiation levels were too high for humans to inspect. Companies are also working on drones that can evacuate victims of natural disasters in places typically inaccessible to rescue teams.
Drones industry is changing at a mind numbing pace. It is important for anybody in any entrepreneur to keep up on this technology because it is becoming increasingly available to small companies.