COVID-19 accelerates the adoption of civil drone shipments

Posted 3 July 2020

Civil drone shipments will nearly double from 2020 pre-pandemic forecasts to reach 13,400; and nearly 80,000 shipments will take place in 2025, states global tech market advisory firm, ABI Research.

In its new whitepaper, Robotics and Covid-19: Challenges and Opportunities, ABI Research reveals how COVID-19 has been the catalyst for change in the robotics industry and explores how the industry is well-placed to accelerate its deployments by enabling both corporations and governments to tackle this crisis.

“Having over a quarter of the world under lockdown would have been a mad prediction the start of 2020,” says Rian Whitton, Senior Analyst at ABI Research. “Now, with a stay at home orders being relaxed, and gatherings limited, governments are turning to drones for emergency, health, and law enforcement.”

“Drones are essentially acting as a platform for various cameras for facial recognition and crowd control. Some are equipped with infrared cameras to measure temperature. In fact, we’ve seen some infrared camera manufacturers’ orders skyrocket because businesses want to check employee’s temperature before they come to work,” says Whitton. Many drones are deployed with loudspeakers to enforce curfews and surveil areas for security purposes, which poses a big opportunity for aerospace and drone companies to increase sales to government agencies. Delivery drones have also become more prominent during the crisis. In China, delivery drones have made more than 3,000 trips carrying 11 tons of supplies to Wuhan. In early February, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) began creating safety standards for specific delivery drone models, accelerating testing and eventual commercialization in the United States. ABI Research expects the small drone delivery market will reach US$10.4 billion by 2030.

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