Global Commercial Drones Market: Snapshot
The demand for commercial drones is accelerating thanks to their increasing use in aerial photography, precision agriculture, and surveillance applications. Images and videos captured through drones provide better image quality and resolution, which is a prime reason behind their application across diverse industries. Furthermore, with the recent advancements, 4K video capable smartphones and televisions have come into foray, which has made customers expect for better video and image quality. Taking cue from the prevailing trends, companies such as YUNEEC and DJI have launched commercial drones that offer HD video monitoring and 4K video recording capabilities. Will these trends will create lucrative opportunities for the market’s growth, it is also expected to gain from the falling prices of components.
According to Transparency Market Research (TMR), the global commercial drones market is forecast to exhibit a CAGR of 13.8% between 2017 and 2025. At this pace. The market’s valuation is expected to reach US$8.89 bn by the end of 2025, from US$2.8 bn in 2016.
Increasing Application in Precision Agriculture and Surveillance to Fuel Demand
By type, the multi-rotor segment emerged as the lead holding a share of 25% in the market in 2016. It is expected to remain dominant through the course of the forecast period. The rising application of multi-rotor drones in agriculture and surveillance activities is expected to fuel their demand further in the coming years. Other segments under this category are single rotor, fixed wing, and hybrid. Of these, the fixed wing segment held the second leading market share in 2016. The demand for fixed wing drones is expected to gain pace with their increasing use in survey mapping and surveillance.
In terms of application, the global commercial drones market can be segmented into precision agriculture, aerial photography, surveillance, survey mapping, energy, and others. Of these, the aerial photography segment held the dominant share of 25% in the overall market in 2016. The increasing application of commercial drones in the media and entertainment industry for taking high definition aerial images for video shots will contribute to the segment’s growth. A majority of drones used for aerial photography are equipped with high resolution cameras.
Besides this, the use of commercial drones for precision agriculture is also expected to increase in the coming years. For instance, the farming sector in the U.S. are increasingly using this novel technology to monitor crop feeds. During the forecast period, the demand for commercial drones for precision agriculture is forecast to increase at an impressive pace.
North America Emerges as Dominant Regional Market for Commercial Drones
Regionally, North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and the Middle East and Africa are the key market segments. Holding over 35% of the global market, North America emerged dominant in 2016. This regional market is considerably gaining from the increasing use of commercial drones for precision agriculture in the U.S. Commercial drones are used for irrigation equipment monitoring and cattle monitoring besides other purposes. Furthermore, the use of commercial drones for surveillance has considerably bolstered opportunities in the North America market.
Besides this, the market will witness lucrative opportunities in Asia Pacific due to the rising demand from China and Japan. China is gradually shifting towards automating its manufacturing facilities, which also involves considerable use of drones. In the Middle East and African countries, drones are used for surveillance and fighting terrorism.
Some of the leading players included in the study are Parrot S.A., Aurora Flight, Denel SOC Ltd., DJI Innovations, Draganfly, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Elbit Systems Ltd. and General Dynamics Corporation.
Global Commercial Drones Market: Overview
Commercial drones are gaining popularity with their increasing demand in several application areas such as search and rescue operations, product delivery and high altitude mapping among others. There are several advantages of using commercial drones. The drones require less energy compared to large delivery vehicles. In addition, these drones can be easily controlled through a wireless remote controller. Furthermore, these drones can access hard to reach place and are being increasingly implemented in search and rescue missions and media coverage among other applications.
The global report on commercial drones also discusses the market trends related to the commercial drones which can drive the market in future. Furthermore, the study includes the market attractiveness analysis to get a better understanding of the most attractive application segment in future. This market research study analyzes the commercial drones market on a global level, and provides estimates in terms of revenue (USD million) from 2017 to 2025 wherein 2016 has been taken as the base year for the study.
Global Commercial Drones Market: Drivers and Restraints
The global commercial drones market includes the drivers and restraints which are driving or hindering the demand in the global market. Few of the drivers pushing the demand for commercial drones include their adoption by law enforcement agencies due to their enhanced capabilities of transmitting high resolution videos and images. In addition, these drones are also capable of providing real time surveillance data to their base stations.
The global rise in criminal activities such as terrorism, drug trafficking and others are driving the demand for commercial drones in surveillance application. These factors are further aiding to the growing demand for commercial drones during the forecast period. However, there are few factors hindering the growth of the market. The use of commercial drones has led to the rising concern for privacy. This in return has led to reforms in government regulation for using commercial drones which is expected to hinder the growth of the market. Moreover, the increasing trend for better video and image resolution capabilities of commercial drones is expected to drive the market in future. Furthermore, the increasing technological innovation has resulted into the development of 4K video capable smartphones and televisions. This is in return is increasing the demand and expectation of consumers for drones with similar abilities.
Global Commercial Drones Market: Regional Outlook
The developing economies like China, Japan and South Korea are increasingly adopting the commercial drones for various applications such as surveillance, precision agriculture and aerial photography. Furthermore, the drones are also being used in media and entertainment industry for capturing aerial videos and images in high resolutions. These factors are expected to drive the market for commercial drones in Asia Pacific region significantly during the forecast period.
Global Commercial Drones Market: Key Segments
The global market for commercial drones has been segmented by types, application and geography. In terms of types the commercial drones can be categorized into single rotor, multi-rotor, fixed winged and hybrid drones among others. By application, the market has been segregated into precision agriculture, aerial photography, surveillance, survey mapping and energy among other applications. In terms of geography, the global market has been segmented into five strategic locations: North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa and Latin America.
The commercial drones market is facing intense competition from major players. These players are undergoing frequent mergers and acquisition from major players in order to sustain in the competitive environment. This report also studies the competitive environment of the major players in the form of market share of the key players. The key players have been profiled in terms of their business overview, financial overview, SWOT analysis and strategies adopted by them. The leading players included in the study are Parrot S.A., Aurora Flight, Denel SOC Ltd., DJI Innovations, Draganfly, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Elbit Systems Ltd. and General Dynamics Corporation.
The global Commercial Drones market can be segmented as follows;-
Global Commercial Drones Market, By Types
- Multi-rotor drones
- Single rotor drones
- Fixed winged drones
- Hybrid drones
Global Commercial Drones Market, By Application
- Precision Agriculture
- Aerial Photography
- Survey Mapping
Global Commercial Drones Market, By Geography
- North America
- Rest of Europe
- South Korea
- Rest of Asia Pacific
- Middle East and Africa
- United Arab Emirates
- Saudi Arabia
- South Africa
- Rest of Middle East & Africa
- Latin America
- Rest of Latin America