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 How Drones Are Evolving And Changing Our World 

From their military days, drones have come a long way and are facing a promising future for the daily customer and business use. In fact, after its use in the 1990s for both war and reconnaissance operations by the U.S. military, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones have since extended their use for a range of modern-day applications. Disrupting sectors such as agriculture, transportation, public defense, imaging, and sports, drones are certainly poised to reimagine how things can be achieved in the future.

Drones today

Advances in technology have moved drones into the mass market, with a range of drones being available with every sort of budget. Case in point, Adorama drones range from $16.99 to $27,000, with versions for those who only want to test them out, to high-end robots for professionals and hobbyists alike. This expanded usability paves the way for drones to be used in a range of everyday tasks, such as capturing unique photographs or even sending parcels.

Drones are also used for commercial purposes. In agriculture, for example, Business Insider claims that farmers use reprocessed drones for surveys and mapping, including crop dusting and spraying. Drones are presently making accurate agriculture possible by supplying farmers with a means of tracking crops and livestock conditions by air. Hence, issues such as inadequate irrigation, insect infestation, and unwanted floods can be easily detected.

Film crews are now using drone technologies after approval from authorizing bodies. They deploy UAVs to map locations, schedule shot information, and take hard-to-get photos. Drones are used prominently in shooting chase scenes (as in the opening motorcycle sequence of Skyfall in 2012 – a James Bond movie), aerial views (as in the noisy party scene of Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street - 2013), and creative dramatic scenes (as in the Jurassic World scene where drone cameras mimicked the movement of pterosaurs).

Some Uses of Drones

  • Photography
  • Military
  • Emergency Rescue
  • Medicine
  • Outer Space
  • Delivery
  • Wildlife and Historical Conservation

These are only a few examples of how drones are being used now, but as drone technology advances, both companies and customers are bound to use them for more innovative and profitable purposes.

Drones in the future

Transport is one industry that drones are likely to disrupt. The Ehang 184 Passenger Taxi Drone gave a preview into the future when UAVs can carry people to their destinations and transform the way we fly. Three years later, the future looks more likely, with Ehang aiming soon to launch the world's first automated air taxi service. The Ehang 216, the two-seater, 16-rotor counterpart to the one-seater Ehang 184, is at the heart of this ambitious design.

Another area that is set to benefit from drones in the future is crime-fighting, with Police Chief Magazine also looking ahead to a future in which drones will support police officers in multiple law enforcement situations. If the 60-day Chula Vista pilot performed in California two years ago is any indication, drones would be extremely helpful in identifying wanted subjects, tracking disturbances, and testing locations, among other items. In essence, they can make law enforcement more effective, but without overtaxing uniformed officers.


Although future drone uses are near-never-ending, there is a trio of roadblocks that prevent drones from completely unloading: Aviation Administration rules, restricted UAV flight time, and privacy issues. If these roadblocks have been cleared, anticipate drones to be prevalent in most sectors, especially those involving transport (e.g., logistics, inventory shipping), site evaluations (e.g., search and rescue, regional monitoring) and imagery. Notwithstanding the roadblocks, the future of drones definitely looks exciting.

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