Global Commercial UAS Outlook, 2021

Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Platforms will Drive Adoption of Commercial Drones for a Growing Range of Applications

The commercial unmanned aerial system (UAS) market continues to grow globally and was accelerated in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic response. Autonomy and artificial intelligence (AI) are, and will remain, the main drivers promoting commercial UAS adoption and associated market growth because autonomous flight reduces the need for expensive manpower whereas AI-driven data collection and processing reduces the time it takes to produce results that directly impact decision-making. Civil aviation authorities have not been able to adapt regulatory frameworks to keep pace with the technological and operational advances that enable commercial UAS operations, and this has been a major restraint to market growth. In addition, solutions providers are only gradually improving their ability to explain the benefits of drone use, for a wide range of applications areas, to corporate decision-makers.

This study covers the global commercial UAS market from a platform basis and is segmented by consumer, prosumer, professional, enterprise, industrial, and fixed wing/transitional. The market is segmented by platform cost because platforms of various costs can conduct similar applications. Six regions are covered: Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East, North America, and South America.

Report highlights include market drivers, restraints, trends, and significant growth opportunities. In addition, several predictions about the market for the next several years are provided.


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