Development in FPV Systems to Drive Demand for Racing Drones

Over the past one and a half decades, drones have evolved from laboratory experiments to flying vehicles that are available at brick & mortar and online stores. Technological advancements have paved the way for use of intricate components and parts that have significantly improved the stability and control of modern-day drones. Furthermore, progress in the battery technology has played an imperative role in the development of current generation of drones. In the current scenario, drones have a broad range of applications, including aerial photography, disaster management, precision agriculture, geographic mapping, and weather forecast. More recently, the dwindling prices of first-person view (FPV) systems have led to a significant rise in the number of drone hobbyists across the globe.

The meteoric rise in the number of casual drone users, along with notable advancements in the drone technology has led to significant demand for racing drones in the past few years - a trend that is expected to continue during the forecast period. In addition, the inception of multiple drone racing leagues across the world is likely to provide a significant boost to the racing drones market in the near future. Thus, despite being at a relatively nascent stage, the racing drones market is poised to grow at a staggering pace during the forecast period (2019-2027).

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Manufacturers of Racing Drones Focus on Aerodynamic Optimization

The racing drones market, which is expected to reach a market value of ~US$ 237 Mn in 2020 is projected to witness three-fold growth during the forecast period to reach a market value of ~US$ 786 Mn by 2027. At present, multi-rotor drones that are currently deployed for drone racing have not updated, in terms of technology, and have tremendous room for improvement. Stakeholders in the racing drones market have recognized the same and have stepped up their effort toward the development of highly advanced and cutting-edge drones with improved capabilities.

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Racing drone manufacturers are expected to focus on the aerodynamics of racing drones to optimize the power required during flights by minimizing drag force. Moreover, racing drone manufacturers are focusing on reducing the drag force to improve the maneuverability of their racing drones. Furthermore, commercial racing drone manufacturers are investing significant amount of resources on aerodynamic optimization by leveraging computational fluid dynamics and wind tunnel testing. Considering the projected growth for the racing drone market, drone racing teams are likely to allocate a significant amount of funds in research and testing to improve the functionalities of their drones. 

Inception of Drone Racing League to Accelerate Market Growth

Witnessing the growing interest in drone racing, the first-of-its-kind Drone Racing League was founded in 2015. The inception of the league is expected to play a critical role in the development of the drone racing market in the coming years. The Drone Racing League, which is currently in its fourth season, is held across multiple locations around the world, including Germany, France, and the U.S. With significant improvements in the FPV technology, availability of a plethora of FPV goggles, and consistent developments to widen the field of view (FOV), the racing drones market has witnessed significant growth.

Organizers of the drone racing leagues are continually introducing innovative drone racing circuits that are expected to encourage and drive innovations in the racing drones market. For instance, the Drone Racing League launched an Artificial Intelligence Robotic Racing (AIRR) Circuit, a drone racing series, wherein university students and tech-geeks are invited to develop an AI framework that will enables the racing drones to fly through racing league circuits without human intervention.

Moreover, due to the growing popularity of FPV racing as a competitive sport, organizations, such as the Drone Racing League and the U.S. Drone Racing Association, have been established.

The racing drones market is entering an era wherein investments are growing at an impressive rate, as companies, including Pepsi, GoPro, and Ernst & Young, are associating with racing drone events as corporate sponsors. Moreover, drone racing episodes were recently aired on the Discovery and Science Channels, which, in turn, is expected to improve awareness pertaining to drone racing. 

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Analysts’ Viewpoint

The racing drones market is expected to grow at an impressive CAGR of ~19% during the forecast period. Boom in the drone racing market is primarily due to the noteworthy advancements in the FPV video systems in which, the pilot has access to the live feed. Furthermore, development of electronic speed motors and batteries have enabled stakeholders in the racing drones market to build drones with quicker acceleration and accurate maneuvering. Stakeholders should focus on optimizing the functionalities and improving the aerodynamics of their drones to gain an advantage in the rapidly expanding racing drones market.  

Racing Drones Market: Overview

  • According to Transparency Market Research’s latest research report on the global racing drones market for the historical period of 2017-2018 and the forecast period of 2019-2027, growing popularity of drone racing across the globe and introduction of highly advanced racing drones by a large number of well-established as well as emerging market players are expected to boost the global market during the forecast period
  • In terms of revenue, the racing drones market is estimated to reach value of ~US$ 786 Mn by 2027, expanding at a CAGR of ~19 % during the forecast period
  • In terms of volume, the racing drones market is projected to reach ~14,497 units by 2027, expanding at a CAGR of ~19% during the forecast period 

Growing Popularity of FPV (First-person View) Drone Racing Sport Events Worldwide: A Key Driver

  • A racing drone is a small quadcopter unmanned aerial vehicle that is designed for drone racing events. Popularity of drone racing as a competitive sport is growing all over the world. The sport is being rapidly commercialized by racing organizations, including International Drone Racing Association, Inc. and US Drone Racing Association.
  • Growing popularity of drone racing can be attributed to the increasing number of competitions and events such as the Drone Racing League, MultiGP Drone Racing, and Drone Racing World Cup. In 2018, a drone pilot called Rudi Browning won US$ 24,000 in the World Drone Racing Championship.
  • Growing popularity of drone racing across the world is boosting the demand for racing drones
  • Increase in the number of competitions and events pertaining to racing drones is expected to have a significant positive impact on the racing drones market during the forecast period 

New Product Launches: A Latest Trend in Global Market

  • Popularity of first-person view drone racing is growing constantly. This, in turn, is driving the demand for racing drones all over the world. In order to meet this increasing demand, several drone manufacturers are developing new racing drones with advanced features.
  • In August 2019, the Drone Racing League, a professional drone racing league, announced the launch of a new racing drone named 'DRL Racer4'. These drones can speed up from 0 MPH to 90 MPH in less than one second.
  • In October 2019, the Drone Racing League announced the launch of a fully autonomous racing drone called 'RacerAI'
  • Several prominent manufacturers are also entering the racing drones market. In July 2019, DJI launched a first-person view racing drone system that comprised air units, goggles, and remote controls. 

Complexity in Making DIY Racing Drones: A Major Challenge for Global Market

  • Racing drones come in different types or setups i.e. ready-to-fly drones (drones that do not require additional assembly), bind-and-fly drones (drones without controllers), and do-it-yourself (DIY) drones. This also allows the user to gather all drone components and create a customized racing drone.
  • Making a customized racing drone by handpicking and combining all components involves a lot of complexities and time, owing to the requirement for multiple types of components such as a battery, camera, drone frame, motor, and other accessories. On the contrary, ready-to-fly racing drones can be used directly, without wasting any time on assembling.
  • Moreover, ready-to-fly racing drones pose a serious threat to DIY racing drones, especially if they are being built by an amateur who does not have any knowledge of drone making
  • Complexity in making DIY racing drones is projected to have a low impact on the racing drones market during the forecast period, owing to the availability of other types of drones 

Racing Drones Market: Competition Landscape

  • Detailed profiles of providers of racing drones have been provided in the report to evaluate their financials, key product offerings, recent developments, and strategies
  • Racing drones is a new and evolving market, owing to the introduction of FPV drone racing events across the world. Drone racing is well established in regions such as North America and Europe. However, as for the Asia Pacific region, it is still a new concept and is being adopted at a rapid rate.
  • Players, such as
    • YINYAN Model Tech MFT.
    • Tian Yu Hi-tech Co. Ltd
    • Eachine
    • Hubsan
  • hold a prominent share of the racing drones market. Furthermore, these players offer a wide range of racing drones and their components. They provide products across the world through established distributor networks. 

Racing Drones Market: Key Developments

  • Well-established players strive to gain a competitive edge by developing new and technologically advanced products to attract more customers
  • In July 2019, DJI launched the FPV digital system for use in racing drones. The system includes a camera, goggles, air unit modules, and a remote control.
  • In 2018, UVify Inc. launched a new racing drone called ‘Oori’ at CES–2018, a trade show organized by the Consumer Technology Association in the U.S. The drone is used for both indoor and outdoor racing. Moreover, the new product can be operated at the speed of 50 MPH, which can be increased to 60 MPH.
  • In the report on the racing drones market, we have discussed individual strategies, followed by company profiles of providers of racing drones. The ‘Competition Landscape’ section has been included in the report to provide readers with a dashboard view and company market share analysis of key players operating in the racing drones market.

Racing Drones Market – Scope of the Report

A new study on the global racing drones market was published by Transparency Market Research (TMR). It presents detailed information of key market dynamics, including market drivers, market trends, and challenges as well as structure of the racing drones market. TMR’s study offers valuable information on the racing drones market in order to illustrate how the market is expected to expand during the forecast period i.e. 2019–2027.

Key indicators of market growth, which include value chain analysis, supply chain analysis, and compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) are elucidated in TMR’s study in a comprehensive manner. This data can help readers interpret the quantitative growth aspects of the racing drones market during the forecast period.

An extensive analysis of business strategies adopted by leading market players has also been featured in TMR’s study on the racing drones market. This can help readers understand key factors responsible for the growth of the racing drones market. In this study, readers can also find specific data on avenues for qualitative and quantitative growth of the racing drones market. This data would guide market players in making apt decisions in the near future.

Key Questions Answered in TMR’s Study on Racing Drones Market

  • What would be the Y-o-Y growth trend of the racing drones market between 2019 and 2027?
  • What is the influence of the changing trend in technologies on the racing drones market?
  • Would Asia Pacific continue to remain the most profitable regional market for providers of racing drones?
  • Which factors would hinder the racing drones market during the forecast period?
  • Which are the leading companies operating in the racing drones market?

Research Methodology

A unique research methodology has been utilized by TMR to conduct comprehensive research on the racing drones market and arrive at conclusions on future growth prospects of the market. This research methodology is a combination of primary and secondary research, which helps analysts warrant the accuracy and reliability of the conclusions drawn.

Secondary research sources referred to by analysts during production of the report on the racing drones market include statistics from company annual reports, SEC filings, company websites, World Bank database, investor presentations, regulatory databases, government publications, and market white papers. Analysts have also interviewed senior managers, product portfolio managers, CEOs, VPs, and market intelligence managers, who have contributed to the production of TMR’s study on the racing drones market, as a primary research source.

These primary and secondary sources provided exclusive information during interviews, which served as a validation from leading players operating in the racing drones market. Access to an extensive internal repository as well as external proprietary databases allowed this report to address specific details and questions about the global racing drones market with accuracy. The study also uses a top-down approach to assess the numbers for each segment and a bottom-up approach to counter-validate them. This has helped in making TMR’s estimates on future prospects of the racing drones market more reliable and accurate.

Racing Drones Market – Segmentation

TMR’s study of the racing drones market segments the market based on type, component, size, and region. Changing market trends and other crucial market dynamics associated with these segments of the racing drones market have been discussed in detail.

Type

Ready-to-fly (RTF)

Bind-and-fly (BNF)

Plug-and-play (PNP)/Plug-and-fly (PNF)

Component

FPV Goggles

FPV Remote Controllers

Cameras

Batteries

Motors

ECSs

Flight Controllers

Others

Size

≤ 100 mm

100–200 mm

200–300 mm

≥ 300 mm

Region

North America

Europe

Asia Pacific

Middle East & Africa

South America

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