This unique report separately forecasts the number, unit value and market value of the global market for three separate categories - personal/ toy drones, other small drones and large drones whether hybrid or pure electric. It estimates the percentage with cameras over the years. Over all categories, the report concludes that the market will grow very rapidly to reach a total figure of $4.5 billion in 2025 and that the benefits reaped by these craft will be a multiple of that in agriculture and many other applications. They are not ideal for all missions but they are the best option for an increasing variety of missions.
IDTechEx argues that electric power is optimal for most future UAV needs, these becoming extremely diverse. Intelligently swarming robot flies and robot bats are among the many examples of new capabilities made possible by electric power in UAVs. Of course, the better known category of quadcopters is also covered.
To put electric drones in the context of non-electric drones, IDTechEx also forecasts size of the non-electric drone market, this being unlike the rest in being almost entirely military. The figures reveal that a growing percentage of the total market will be electric and why that will happen. Very different functions and applications are predicted including how the technology is changing radically over the coming ten years.
Pricing trends are debateable. IDTechEx expects large electric UAVs to be mainly used in military missions and as alternatives to location and communications satellites. They are expected to be broadly in the price range of today's non-electric large UAVs, indeed replacing them in some cases with hybrid electric powertrains. For comparison, the popular non-electric MQ9 Reaper starts at $10.7 million. The cost of the components of small UAVs has been dropping sharply partly due to large increases in volumes sold but complexity and sophistication of new models will more than compensate for this in the view of IDTechEx expressed in the report.
Many IDTechEx analysts have travelled intensively to analyse how electric unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will be deployed in the next few years for both civil and military missions in both hybrid and pure electric form. For example, the benefits of near silent operation, in the air and on the ground, with virtually no noise or gaseous emissions, are valued in both military and civil applications but the authors also look at negatives and alternatives: this is analysis not evangelism. Tables and figures present the results in clear form with information not available elsewhere and there is 30 minutes free consultancy with the report to ensure satisfaction. With information gleaned even in 2015, this is the only comprehensive, up-to-date report on the subject.
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