Published: Jul, 2018

The global commercial drones market exhibits a substantially consolidated vendor landscape, notes Transparency Market Research on the basis of a newly published report. In 2016, only two competitors, DJI and Parrot S.A., held a maximum aggregate share of 75.0% in 2016. However, the competition is expected to intensify over the next few years as the number of players getting established in the market is expected to increase, and possibly could become fragmented. Glimpses of a cutthroat competition are notably visible in current times as most companies are manufacturing drones with advanced functionalities and equipping them with numerous other technological aspects to attract more customers. One particular aspect where most companies are putting a lot of focus involves enhancing landing capabilities of commercial drones, along with quality of images captured.

In terms of major players operating in the global commercial drones market, a few examples are: Aurora Flight, Denel SOC Ltd., Draganfly, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corporation, Elbit Systems Ltd. and General Dynamics Corporation. As most of the local players have started to face intense competition from the larger and well-established businesses, the former are participating in crucial mergers and acquisitions in order to strengthen their presence.

According to experts from Transparency Market Research, the global commercial drones market had gained revenue worth US$2.8 bn in 2016, which is further expected to grow up to US$8.8 bn by the end of 2025. This growth is projected to occur at a fantastic CAGR of 13.8% during the forecast period from 2017 to 2025.

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Increased Use of Drones for Capturing Live Events Boosts Growth

A growing application of commercial drones for various purposes such as surveillance, aerial photography, precision agriculture, and others, is primarily responsible for driving the global commercial drones market. With an increased usage of the latest editions of commercial drones in other end-use industries, this market is certainly expected to grow at a rampant pace in future.

Commercial parties often prefer drones with high image and video capturing technology, which is propelling growth in high resolution drones that find use in a variety of applications. A variety of improved video and image formats that support broadcasting to television and smartphones too is making the global commercial drones market expand at a good rate. Commercial drones are increasingly being used to capture and telecast live sports, award functions, adventure activities, and other events related to art and entertainment. With the number of such events increasing rapidly in recent times, the global commercial drones market is definitely expected to grow extensively during the forthcoming years.

Stringent Government Regulations Hamper Progress

However, the global commercial drones market is being hindered by highly worrisome privacy issues that might make prohibit the use of drones in certain areas. Moreover, a rise in government regulations regarding usage of commercial drones has been happening considerably in recent times, which also is restraining the commercial drones market substantially. Nevertheless, the market is expected continue growing stronger with increasing applications of the drones, which is further expected to reduce effects of restraints.

The information presented in this review is based on a TMR report, titled “Commercial Drones Market (Type - Multi-rotor, Single Rotor, Fixed Winged, and Hybrid; Application - Precision Agriculture, Aerial Photography, Surveillance, Survey Mapping, and Energy) - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2017 - 2025.”

Key Takeaways

  • A growing application of commercial drones for various purposes such as surveillance, aerial photography, precision agriculture, and others, is primarily responsible for driving the global commercial drones market.
  • As most of the local players have started to face intense competition from the larger and well-established businesses, the former are participating in crucial mergers and acquisitions in order to strengthen their presence.

The global commercial drones market has been segmented as presented below:

Global Commercial Drones Market: Type

  • Multi-rotor Drones
  • Single Rotor Drones
  • Fixed Winged Drones
  • Hybrid Drones

Global Commercial Drones Market: Application

  • Precision Agriculture
  • Aerial Photography
  • Surveillance
  • Survey Mapping
  • Energy

Global Commercial Drones Market: Geography

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
    • Mexico
  • Europe
    • U.K.
    • Germany
    • France
    • Italy
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • South Korea
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East and Africa
    • United Arab Emirates
    • Saudi Arabia
    • South Africa
    • Rest of Middle East and Africa
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Rest of Latin America

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