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Inspection Drones Market

Inspection Drones Market Size, Share, Competitive Landscape and Trend Analysis Report by Drone Type, by Operation Mode, by End-Use Industry : Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2022-2031

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Author's: Gunjan Malani | Lalit Janardhan Katare
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The global inspection drones market size was valued at $1.9 billion in 2021, and is projected to reach $8.6 billion by 2031, growing at a CAGR of 16.4% from 2022 to 2031.

Inspection drone is a drone-based solution for inspection, monitoring, and mapping operations. By using this platform, companies can plan and perform their operations, monitor the drones in real time, and create reports & analysis right from their office.

Inspection Drones Market

The inspection drones market is segmented into Drone Type, Operation Mode and End-Use Industry.

The growth of the global inspection drones market is anticipated to be driven by factors such as increased cost-saving & human safety, emergence of various start-ups, and surge in demand for improved surveillance. However, rise in government regulations related to drones acts as a major restraint for the global market. On the contrary, technological advancements in drones is expected to create lucrative opportunities for the industry.

The global inspection drones industry is segmented into drone type, operation mode, end-use industry, and region. By drone type, the market is classified into fixed-wing drone, multirotor drone, and hybrid drone. By operation mode, the market is segmented into remotely piloted, semi-autonomous, and fully autonomous. By end-use industry, the market is classified into construction & infrastructure, oil & gas, agriculture, utilities, and others. 

Some leading companies profiled in the inspection drones industry report comprises American Robotics, Inc., Aerovironment Inc, Ageagle Aerial Systems Inc, DJI, Israel Aerospace Industries, Microdrones, Parrot SA, PrecisionHawk, Trimble Inc., and Yamaha Motor Corp.

Inspection Drones Market
By Drone Type
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Hybrid drone is projected as the most lucrative segment

Increased Cost-Saving and Human Safety

The usage of drones helps improve worker protection and provides access to information on assets in numerous dynamic and challenging industries. Rather than conventional human, airplane, or helicopter methods, nowadays, organizations benefit from both previously unavailable levels of visibility and reasonable cost by using drones for inspection and monitoring purposes. Drones reduce risks for inspectors, decrease downtime, and provide accurate data on an asset’s life history. As often observed, perhaps as much as 80%of the time, inspections find no challenge that requires fixing. That makes inspections an unproductive process when dispatching a human inspector to commence the work. Drone inspections aid inspectors by placing themselves in dangerous situations. By substantially reducing the amount of time, drones help firms cut down their corresponding liability insurance costs by their usage. These mentioned factors drive the growth of inspection drones market.

Emergence of Various Start-ups

With rise in demand for drone technologies across the world, multiple new companies have been set up over the years to offer their solutions in the inspection drones market. Some of the prominent start-ups in the field of the drone defense industry are Dedrone, DroneShield, and Fortem Technologies. Through strategies such as product launch, product development, and partnership, these companies have gained strong traction in the market.

For instance, Dedrone is a provider of artificial intelligence (AI)-based intelligent airborne safety solutions. Its portfolio contains a wide range of RF sensors to spot, classify, and trace several drones instantaneously based on different factors, for instance, shape, sound, & movement patterns. In addition, the company has a machine learning (ML)-based drone defense platform to mechanize the safety of airspaces against unlawful drones. Thus, launch of various cutting-edge drone systems by start-ups and the adoption of several strategies to enhance their product offerings are expected to propel the growth of the global inspection drones industry during the forecast period.

Inspection Drones Market
By Operation Mode
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Fully autonomous is projected as the most lucrative segment

Surge in Demand for Improved Surveillance

The growth in threat from terrorism and increase in security concerns worldwide has led to increased government expenditure for drones. Drones can carry out stealth operations, function at night, operate at any location, and are easy to deploy. Such benefits have led to increase in investments by governments to procure and develop a large number of micro drones globally. For instance, in February 2021, the French Government placed a new order to reinforce its fleet of micro-drones NX70 already used by French soldiers.

Since 2018, the number of NX70 owned by the French Ministry of Army has continuously increased to reach more than 150 in 2020. The NX70 fleet is equipped with tethered power supply for continuous observation and protection missions, and also data link terminal placed on vehicles or directly handled by soldiers allowing information sharing on the field. Moreover, Russian military has been developing its next generation of combat gear that could be integrated with new micro-drones that provide a tactical level automated command system.

The security of key institutions has been greatly enhanced with advanced video surveillance and access control systems. Micro drones are used for surveillance of major events or gatherings in large cities. Moreover, several government agencies impose strict policies and guidelines for installation of micro drones at high-risk locations. Such factors are expected to fuel the growth of the global inspection drones market during the forecast period.

Inspection Drones Market
By End-use Industry
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Agriculture is projected as the most lucrative segment

Rise in Government Regulations Related to Drones

Rapid deployment of inspection drones system solutions has faced facing significant challenges, owing to surge in privacy and security concerns globally. With increased use of drones for civilian applications, governments in developed economies draft laws and regulations for the use of these unmanned aerial vehicles to protect areas of national, historical, or natural importance. The technology of drone has evolved so fast that the policy makers are not able to keep pace with it.

Moreover, different nations have different and complex airspace regulations for small drones. Many countries have accepted drone use, especially recreational use, as something that does not need to be highly regulated, however monitored only for safety. Some countries have very strict laws and regulations against drone use, no matter what the purpose, and pilots need to be sure they follow all the correct procedures before flying. Stringent drone regulations in various countries are anticipated to limit the growth of the inspection drones market during the forecast period.

Inspection Drones Market
By Region
2031
North America 
Europe
Asia-Pacific
LAMEA

Asia-Pacific would exhibit the highest CAGR of 18.1% during 2022-2031

Key Benefits For Stakeholders

  • This report provides a quantitative analysis of the market segments, current trends, estimations, and dynamics of the inspection drones market analysis from 2021 to 2031 to identify the prevailing inspection drones market opportunities.
  • The inspection drones market size is offered along with information related to key drivers, restraints, and opportunities.
  • Porter's five forces analysis highlights the potency of buyers and suppliers to enable stakeholders make profit-oriented business decisions and strengthen their supplier-buyer network.
  • In-depth analysis of the inspection drones market segmentation assists to determine the prevailing market opportunities.
  • Major countries in each region are mapped according to their revenue contribution to the global market.
  • Market player positioning facilitates benchmarking and provides a clear understanding of the present position of the market players.
  • The report includes the analysis of the regional as well as global inspection drones market trends, key players, market segments, application areas, and market growth strategies.

Inspection Drones Market Report Highlights

Aspects Details
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Market Size By 2031

USD 8.6 billion

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Growth Rate

CAGR of 16.4%

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Forecast period

2021 - 2031

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Report Pages

246

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By Drone Type
  • Fixed Wing drone
  • Multirotor drone
  • Hybrid drone
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By Operation Mode
  • Remotely piloted
  • Semi-autonomous
  • Fully autonomous
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By End-Use Industry
  • Construction and infrastructure
  • Oil and gas
  • Agriculture
  • Utilities
  • Others
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By Region
  • North America  (U.S., Canada, Mexico)
  • Europe  (UK, Germany, France, Russia, Rest Of Europe)
  • Asia-Pacific  (China, Japan, India, South Korea, Rest Of Asia-Pacific)
  • LAMEA  (Latin America, Middle East, Africa)
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Key Market Players

Israel Aerospace Industries, American Robotics, Inc., Trimble Inc., DJI, Yamaha Motor Corp, Aerovironment Inc., PrecisionHawk, Microdrones, Parrot SA, AgEagle Aerial Systems Inc.

Analyst Review

The inspection drones market is expected to witness significant growth owing to increased cost-saving & human safety, emergence of various start-ups, and surge in demand for improved surveillance.

Drones have witnessed rise in prospects for application in diverse fields of work. Owing to their speed and agility, these winged devices are a concise means of delivering complete and valued results. Currently, drones outfitted with sensors and cameras have established their worth in gathering real-time footage that can be stored for later assessment. Un-crewed aerial systems can discover failing structures and equipment in less time and for reasonable prices as compared to traditional methods. In 2020, the American Society of Civil Engineers reckoned that the U.S. alone required $3.6 trillion in infrastructure investment just to bring the country’s support systems to satisfactory levels. Innovative technologies such as machine learning and laser have broadened the scope of application of these inspection drones, where they are getting stocked with the required technologies to perform specific tasks during the inspection. These mentioned factors are expected to create lucrative opportunities for inspection drones key manufacturers in the marketplace.

The key players of the market focus on introducing technologically advanced products to remain competitive in the market. Product launch, acquisition, collaboration, and partnership are expected to be the prominent strategies adopted by the market players.

Author Name(s) : Gunjan Malani | Lalit Janardhan Katare
Frequently Asked Questions?

The global inspection drones market was valued at $1.9 billion in 2021, and is projected to reach $8.6 billion by 2031, registering a CAGR of 16.4% from 2022 to 2031.

Some leading companies in the market include American Robotics, Inc., Aerovironment Inc, Ageagle Aerial Systems Inc, DJI, Israel Aerospace Industries, Microdrones, Parrot SA, PrecisionHawk, Trimble Inc., and Yamaha Motor Corp.

The leading application of inspection drones is construction and infrastructure.

The largest regional market for inspection drones is North America.

The upcoming trends in the inspection drones market include greater adoption by the agriculture sector and integration of advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning.

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Inspection Drones Market

Global Opportunity Analysis and Industry Forecast, 2022-2031