Mapping services are in such demand that Drone Deploy maintains a list of providers on its website for the benefit of industries looking for drone data. The integration of advanced technologies such as Wi-Fi, first-person view cameras and GPS technology to make unmanned aerial vehicles highly flexible and eliminate the need for an expert pilot is expected to stimulate demand for drones for reconnaissance and mapping activities, thus boosting market expansion. The European market is mainly driven by the increase in drone mapping services, due to the growing demand of the commercial and military drone mapping market, together with the increase in disposable income in emerging economies in the region. In addition, the trend of drone mapping software towards open source is that end users need customized software for the operation of drones.
The surveying and mapping industry has benefited significantly from drone technologies, as unmanned aerial vehicles are less expensive and more accessible compared to traditional methods.