The drone industry has been booming with startups over the past couple years, and it makes sense why—the global market for drones is projected to be worth $127 billion by 2020. In a recent industry insights infographic about predictions for commercial drones in 2017 by DroneII, this year will be about the drone industry transitioning from “exploring” to implementing,” according to the CEO of DroneView Technologies, Michael Singer.
These ten drone companies are definitely ones to keep your eye on in 2017, and each is a fresh, new startup.
Luci delivery is combining drones, blockchain, and commerce to create an app and infrastructure that could allow users to order small products via their mobile phone from local stores to be delivered via drone. Although the project has not yet launched, the combination of these technologies could revolutionize basic shopping especially in terms of convenience.
Vertigo FPV offers a 27x zoom 3-axis stabilized gimbal that is lightweight and also offered in a ready-to-fly kit. They predominantly work with surveillance, military, and inspection customers. The extensive optics serve for unprecedented drone optics and the lightweight nature saves battery for extended, high-quality work.
Although they don’t yet offer much information, Tarsier Technologies is creating at an intersection of disruptive technologies. Using deep learning and computer vision, this Stanford-founded company is currently creating a project for drones. We will definitely be watching for new updates.
Cervi Robotics helps other companies create in this realm and blend their expertise on robotics, UAVs, and the Internet of Things (IoT) to help their customers. They offer outsourcing of research and development, rapid prototyping, production, software development, and more. The teams who do development for customers of Cervi Robotoics are finalists in national and international robotics competitions. The company has already won several awards.
Apium is a swarm robotics company. They enable drones to travel in unison in vast numbers in order to carry out common goals. They work with both hardware and software combining tech that allows for simple drones with maximized capabilities in groups including distributed sensing and increased accuracy in relative positioning. Other facets of swarm technology they are covering include applications for the technology, group charging, and more.
Recent years have seen an influx of a lot of things-as-a-service—software-as-a-service, big-data-as-a-service, etc.—and DroneShare.club has found their niche within that trend by offering drones as a service. On their site, users can post projects and hire professionals within the drone industry.
DRONAIA manages artificial intelligence and machine learning for drones so that drones can learn to respond in various scenarios without the control of a human. They offers options such as facial recognition to teach a drone who to follow and when.
Approximately a million selfies are taken every day by 18-24 year-olds. The AirSelfie camera makes this process easier by integrating a portable flying camera into smartphone covers. Users can control it with the app, and it can fly up to twenty meters high, more than enough to capture practically any selfie need.
UpSonder claims to be the Airbnb for drones. Powered by UberRUSH, their marketplace allows people to rent drones. Anyone can register, but FAA Remote Certified Drone Pilots can make more. The site even offers a $1 million insurance policy.
Aerial insights is also working among various disruptive technology at once. They combine machine vision, artificial intelligence, and custom UAV sensors to assist with inspection, surveying, and other similar needs. They are a security-minded company with an eye for regulatory compliance and data acquisition best practices.
Tanky makes racing drones, dubbed by them to be the “Ferrari of Drones.” The controller features a screen that allows users to change all of the settings for the drone manually while in the field. They liken it to the invigorating feel of driving a manual sports car with traction control off. Luckily, the drones are also made of highly durable material in case of a crash while getting the hang of a Tanky drone.