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DJI Drones are very popular in the world
Author: Pubulished:2019-2-18 13:49:10 Click:

Three major trends in the drone industry in 2018:  commercial adoption increased, DJI continues to lead the market.

Commercial adoption

The adoption of aerial drone and drone technology is not universal, but it does develop in specific industries such as insurance, utilities, construction and survey engineering.

In 2018, we saw that the company began to change the status of temporary use of drones. The company will outsource to determine the feasibility of the drone program and expand the internal team to manage the workflow and data.

The increase in the number of long-range pilots in Section 107 of the United States also shows the development of this trend in the United States. The United States had approximately 74,000 certified long-range pilots at the beginning of the year. As of the end of November, the number of pilots was approximately 115,000. So this year, about 38,500 pilots have been added, an increase of 50% over last year.

The reason for the increase is because most pilots are working for companies, businesses or public institutions, using internal drone programs. This trend is also shown in the annual benchmark survey data conducted this summer.

 Supplier reduction and expansion

This year, there are also wins and losses in the drone market, and powerful companies naturally win more customers and investors.

The biggest failure in the United States should be the collapse of corporate drones, Airware, which raised $118 million. Fortunately, drone company Delair has acquired Airware's software solutions to ensure service continuity for existing customers and distributors. The agreement also includes the acquisition of construction and mining expert Redbird, which was originally acquired by Airware in 2016.

The second biggest failure in the industry is the wireless product company Parrot. Earlier this year, Parrot launched the ANAFI drone in the commercial drone market.

But just last month, Parrot’s CEO announced disappointing financial results, which he said was “an important consumer drone market is shrinking.” These companies rely on weak cash flow to run, and The development of Parrot and its affiliates such as senseFly and Pix4D in 2019 is also very exciting.

The larger transaction in the UAV field this year was the acquisition of HAZON and InspecTools by PrecisionHawk. The latter two focus on inspection services and technologies in the energy sector, bringing PrecisionHawk domain expertise to enable tighter functional integration between collecting and analyzing drone data to generate what customers need.

These acquisitions can make PrecisionHawk a leading service provider, a company that serves asset inspections, especially those in the oil and gas, insurance and utility industries that need to exceed the visual line of sight (BVLOS) business. PrecisionHawk is part of the FAA Pathfinder program, so they have extensive experience in BVLOS operations.

DJI dominant position

Market leader Dajiang is a company that cannot be bypassed in the drone industry. In the next year, Dajiang will continue to dominate the market. This year, the company has grown in all areas, from drones of various price points to additional payloads to software. According to our survey data, Dajiang is still the leading brand for UAV purchases at all price points, with a global market share of 74%.

Dajiang's current global market share is two percentage points higher than last year (72%), and it is much more variable than in 2016, when the market share was 50%.

In this regard, many industry and UAS news experts speculate that the security concerns of small UAVs in Dajiang will hinder the development of Dajiang, but obviously these concerns have not affected their sales.

To address consumer concerns about data security practices, Dajiang hired a forensic investigation company, Kivu Consulting, Inc., to independently review drone data transmission and storage practices. Kivu's analysis of drones and flight control systems (UAVs, hardware controllers, GO 4 mobile applications) concluded that users can control the types of data collected, stored 
and transmitted by DJIs.

The dominant position of DJI can be attributed to its active product development, technological advancement and partner development in the corporate channel. As early as 2015, when we looked at the FAA's data on commercial drone registration, the position of the leading market in Dajiang already existed.