According to the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) statistics reported by Real Estate Magazine, properties with accompanying aerial images are 68% more likely to sell than properties without aerial photography, and that number is only increasing.
According to the National Association of REALTORS 73% of homeowners say that they are more likely to list with a real estate agent who uses video to market their home; however, only 9 percent of agents create listing videos.
An Australian real estate group reported seeing a 403 percent increase in traffic for listings that included video as compared to listings without — RIS Media
The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International estimates that farms will eventually account for an 80% share of the commercial drone market. — Source
Drone data can show where crops are healthy and where crops are weak so farmers can make adjustments. — Source
Thermal cameras on drones can be used to detect leaks and determine if crops are getting too much or too little water. — Source
The American Farm Bureau Federation estimates that farmers could see a return on investment of agriculture drones of $12 per acre for corn and $2 to $3 per acre for soybeans and wheat. — Source
According to a study, corn, soybean and wheat farmers could save an estimated $1.3 billion annually by using drones to increase crop yields and reduce input costs. — Source
A drone can zoom down to the square inch and even count each individual plant, which would have previously been very difficult and impractical. — Source
Drones that could be used by farmers have a wide range of prices from below $1,000 to over $30,000, depending on whether they come with sensors that measure moisture content and plant light reflectivity. — Source
Sensors in drones can also evaluate drainage and track how mature crops are. — Source
A drone’s software can plan a flight path to maximize coverage of a farm’s cropland as well as fly itself from takeoff to landing. — Source
Crop imaging with a manned aircraft can cost $1,000 per hour, while a drone can be bought for less than $1,000. — Source
Drones can be used to survey a crop weekly or daily to create a time-series animation that shows changes or issues that can be acted on — Source
90% of Commercial Mapping Still Occurs on Drone Models that Cost $1500 or Less – Drone Deploy Report
Companies now rely on drones every day for data collection and analysis. On average, DroneDeploy customers create 5 maps a week. This resulted in 30,000-45,000 automated drone flights every month in 2017. Why such a range? Drone use is affected by seasonal changes in weather. Commercial users are most active in the spring and summer months when the weather is warm, and rain and snow are less common. July stood out as the most popular month for drone mapping.
Companies use drone technology to collect real-time data about projects, understand what’s happening on site, and identify potential issues before they become costly. Construction is currently the fastest growing sector—surging 239% in the last year — DroneDeploy
Hours of waiting for crop imagery are over. We can capture real-time data in seconds without an internet connection, and begin making smarter crop management decisions before the drone hits the ground. Justin Metz, Technology Integration Specialist Bowles Farming Company — DroneDeploy
GOVERNMENT & CITY
Businesses and civil governments spend $13 billion on drones between now and 2020 – Source: Goldman Sachs Research
Between now and 2020, Goldman Sach’s forecasts a $100 billion market opportunity for drones—helped by growing demand from the commercial and civil government sectors. – Source: Goldman Sachs Research
Roof Report helps professionals in the roofing, solar, and insurance sectors generate accurate roof measurements with computer vision and machine learning. The number of roof reports generated doubles every month as drone adoption continues to rise. The number of Roof Reports double each month with the use of drones according to — DroneDeploy
A drone can get closer to damaged property and inspect it more thoroughly. It can also gather and relay images, audio, video, and other crucial data. — Source
Faster rebuilding after a devastating storm due to rapid assessment of the damage. Drones can cover larger areas in a shorter span than human claims adjusters. This leads to more accurate processing of claims, which also makes affected policyholders happy. — Source
Reduction in Loss Adjustment Expenses (LAE). These are costs associated with assessing and settling claims. Since drones work faster and can survey the most dangerous properties, the number of claims adjusters needed is reduced. — Source
Improved safety. Being a claims adjuster is one of the most dangerous jobs in America. Because they usually assess damage to unstable homes after dangerous storms, they’re more likely to be hurt in the process. Drones eliminate this problem because they can do a better analysis from various angles. — Source
More unbiased claims processing. Unlike human claims adjusters whose decisions may be influenced by emotional factors, drones can be trusted to be objective. They collect data and forward it for further analysis. — Source
There were around 1.1 million drones in the United States as of December 31, 2017. During 2019, that number will reach 2 million. Source: FAA
The number of drones is expected to more than double over the next year to more than 2.4 million units. – FAA
In 2016, there were 788,570 drones in the United States, increasing around 40% year-over-year. Globally by 2017 there were more than 3 million. This substantial growth rate is driven by the consumer market and stems from falling equipment prices, improved technology such as built-in cameras, and the relative ease of piloting. – FAA
Commercial drones represent just 6% of all drone sales in the US, but make up 60% of the drone industry revenue due to their high price points relative to consumer models. – Economist
The fastest growing commercial adopters of aerial data come from the construction, agriculture, and mining industries. – Drone Deploy Report
The FAA announced that there were more than 122,000 commercial drone pilots in early 2018. Combined with the 878,000 hobbyists, there were more than 1 million total drone registrations.
Since the launch of online registration, more than 110,000 commercial operators had registered their equipment by the end of 2017 – FAA
For each week the registration has been available, over 1,000 aircraft have been registered – FAA
Top industries for drone job opportunities include Construction, Agriculture, Insurance, Oil/Gas, Police – Source: Goldman Sachs Research
“Tremendous opportunities for growth in employment associated with commercial activities of the UAS. ” – FAA
Consumer grade dominates the non-commercial, with a market share approaching 98% – FAA
The Low Altitude Authorization and Notification which is currently in testing, is designed to allow considerable flexibility in UAS operations and incorporate recreational hobbyists as well commercial usecases. – FAA
Applications requires waivers for night operations (86% of all waivers granted), operation of multiple unmanned aircraft by one pilot (1.5%), and operation above current altitude limits (1.3%) – FAA
Almost 13,000 airspace authorizations and waivers were approved for UAS operations in controlled airspaces by the end of December 2017 – FAA
Remote Pilot Certifications are issued in accordance with the FAA’s Part 107 and are used primarily to facilitate non-model sUAS flights for commercial activities. – FAA
As of December 2017, more than 73,000 Remote Pilot Certifications were issued. Over 90% of individuals who took the required aeronautical knowledge exam passed and obtained an RPC. – FAA
The FAA introduced rules requiring drone pilots to register to a national database. The regulation was briefly paused when a judge shot down the rule, however it was reinstated in 2017 National Defence Authorization bill – TechCrunch
By the end of May 2017, more than 772,000 owners had already registered with the FAA.
Crash risks are acute. QBE claims data reveals that one in fifty drones will be involved in an accident, equivalent to a crash occurring approximately every 2,000 hours of operation.
DJI generated more than $2.83 billion in 2017 which represented an 80% increase from 2016. – TechNode
DJI remains the leader in the commercial drone market with an estimated market share of up to 85% – Drone Deploy Report
DJI is based in Shenzen, China, however 80% of their products are sold overseas. – Business Times