How could drone technology improve?

Finally, drones must gain greater public acceptance. If consumers are wary of using drones to inspect their properties or make deliveries. Drones also allow industries in the oil and gas sector to carry out drone inspections and collect much of the necessary information quickly and at reduced costs, while greatly reducing risks related to cable access, rockers and scaffolding. The University of Washington developed a game to model how real drones could cope with a large amount of air traffic, in which participants helped carry out several drone density simulations.

Last year, drone manufacturer DJI launched an emergency response program that allows first responders to access some of the company's drones and peripherals, in addition to offering support and technical assistance. While most people think of drones as a mini-aircraft, drones have many uses that go beyond the standard use of an airplane. Rescuers used drone images to ensure that roads were safe before entering damaged areas. Drones that survey areas and collect topographic details can be used to help oil and gas companies 26% identify new drilling sites, or can be used by solar energy companies to design configurations for new panels.

In collaboration with the drone company DJI, Marriott has also tested the use of drones to provide entertainment to guests at the JW Marriott Zhejiang Anji Resort, in China. While military drones have been used for more than a decade (the Predator UAV is one of the best known), ground forces now use smaller portable drones on a regular basis. SenseFly, acquired by French drone company Parrot in the third quarter of 2012, has used its drones to create a 3D representation of the infamous Matterhorn peak in Zermatt (Switzerland). Walmart's competitive advantage in drone delivery could be its geographical dispersion and coverage.

Unlike Amazon, around 90% of Americans are believed to live within 10 miles of a Walmart branch, creating the possibility for the company's drones to operate from its stores. Instead of using animals, the team's approach uses drone and satellite images to track the presence of “floating, unrooted vegetation,” where the snails that carry the disease create their habitat. Searching for these sites through drone images allows researchers to know which areas are most at risk of contracting schistosomiasis infections. However, with single cameras, drones can capture volumetric data on stocks and study mining operations from the air.

The drone has a mechanism at the bottom, known as an insect killer, that allows you to manually destroy the insect, thus eliminating the use of pesticides. Other advances to reduce the size of drones include the creation of tailless drones and the use of a polymer-based material to avoid radar detection. SoftBank, in collaboration with drone manufacturer AeroVironment, has its own plans to develop drones that operate in the stratosphere and that serve as “floating mobile phone towers” to provide Internet service to customers. While terrestrial topography remains a fundamental part of construction planning and monitoring, the use of drone data has become increasingly important.