You’ve probably seen the massive growth in popularity of drones over the last few years, and for a good reason. They’re not only fun toys, but they’ve also got tons of real-world applications that could revolutionize some industries. If you think drones are just for having fun, then you’re mistaken. In this article, we’re going to look at some different uses for drones and how they could help key industries over the next few years.
- Parcel delivery
You might have seen Amazon recently running trials of home delivery drones. While these are still in the early stages, they could revolutionize the logistics industry. Whether you’re waiting for some important documents or just want to order a pizza, a drone could do the job at a fraction of the cost of a delivery worker, and much faster, too. One issue with delivery drones is creating safe flight paths to get to people’s homes, but it’s an issue that’s being worked on.
Having faster delivery times on all items (and a reduced cost) can make your home life much easier and straightforward. If you’re a parent and suddenly need an item overnight, drones might be able to help. In some cases, you could even get same day delivery, meaning you can stay home yet still get the item within a few hours.
- Wildlife analysis
Many conservation experts have also hailed the arrival of drones. Counting species figures is important as it helps experts understand patterns in population and spot areas where help might be needed. Before drones, they had to go out and count by hand, and you can probably understand how difficult this might have been. Now, with drones, they can simply get an aerial view, which makes it much easier to count animal populations and make sure they aren’t double-counting animals.
If you want wide-area photos, you used to have to hire a light aircraft or helicopter. That’s expensive. But not with drones! Now you can get the images you need quickly, and it’s easier on the pocket.
- Construction planning
Taking images of a large building site also used to be expensive and time-consuming. Now you can get drones that relay the imagery in real time to a computer, so you can view a building project as it progresses rather than just every once in a while. Construction firms have been using drones for a few years now, and that use looks set to grow even further.
Better construction planning can help you build an extension to your home, or carry out a remodel with much more precision and at a lower cost.
- Internet access
There are now drones that can act as Wifi beacons to help remote locations connect to the Internet where they previously struggled. Whether you live on a remote island or elsewhere, a drone could soon be delivering you Internet connectivity.
- Medical care
Ambulance drones have recently been trialled in The Netherlands. While these can’t provide specialized care like a doctor, they can deliver medication or equipment much more quickly than a traditional ambulance.
- Window cleaning
Cleaning high-rise windows has always been especially difficult, expensive and risky. Now, with the right window cleaning drones, cleaning companies can keep their feet on the ground while providing a high-quality service at a much lower cost. Advanced window cleaning drones could help keep your home cleaner too.
Hopefully, you’ve seen how many uses there are for drones these days. These seven are just a start, and you’ll see loads more over the next few years. With low cost drones these days, you can use them for almost anything.