This webinar shares some of the research carried out for the new IDTechEx report, Electric UAV Drones: Autonomous, Energy Independent 2017-2027
. Drones are unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Although that includes remotely-controlled toys to remotely-controlled hand-launched military aircraft, most are moving to autonomy of navigation, task and energy and the big money is in the big ones. In this webinar we discuss the technology and ongoing multi-billion dollar investment in these, where the hardware will not be easily commoditised. We predict that even the medium-sized drones for agriculture, search and rescue and so on will be commoditised as hardware but associated multibillion dollar software and systems markets for those sectors will appear and endure. Beaming the internet to the 4.5 billion people lacking it and generating megawatts of clean electricity are far more robust business propositions for drones that persuading your child to have a toy one on every birthday forever. Hard-of-thinking investors lump the different drones all together and shun drones as an investment. This leaves huge opportunities for those who study the big picture in this IDTechEx report.
In this webinar we will cover:
- Why most are electric and more will be electric
- Upper atmosphere drones: uses, potential
- Tethered drones for surveillance and electricity generation
- Challenges of delivery drones and potential solutions
- Technologies for drone lightweighting, energy harvesting etc.
- Market size and companies to watch