The global use of drones continues to rise, according to the World Economic Forum, and the sky’s the limit for future growth, even as more drones are used to address COVID-related issues.
The WEF report, titled Global Technology Governance Report 2021: Harnessing Fourth Industrial Revolution Technologies in a COVID-19 World, indicates that the use of drones for surveying purposes has increased by 90 percent while the construction industry is one Remote monitoring of the construction site recorded an increase of 56 percent.
“Recently, COVID-19 and the associated need for physical distancing and remote working has taken drone use to a new level,” the report said.
“Other use cases such as the delivery of medical supplies and the refurbishment of the stadium have also increased due to the pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic has only accelerated the growth of these applications, especially in facility delivery and inspection, as authorities seek to reduce human interaction and enable remote working. “
The study also found increased use of drones in the inspection of facilities, the provision of videography, and in sports (e.g. drone racing).
However, research also reveals new obstacles that can block the UAS’s flight path to success. These include data protection, integration of UAS cities, consistent certification, and legal and ethical concerns related to the use of drones by law enforcement agencies.
“This increase in [drone] The adoption was made with slow regulatory changes. Often, and especially in the case of COVID-19, regulators have to catch up when companies take advantage of new UAS opportunities. “
The report goes on to say: “However, the use of UAS has reached a sufficient level in recent years to foresee some regulatory loopholes and develop rules preventively.”
Further results of the World Economic Forum
- “Whether it’s delivering medical supplies, inspecting critical infrastructure, or managing data collected by drones, more experienced drone operators and drone data coordinators are likely to be needed. New regulatory and accreditation procedures would be needed to manage the training and employment of these new workers.
- The proliferation of drones and their evolution from small hobby boats to larger airliners mean that some level of accidental video / audio collection from their cameras and other sensors is all but inevitable. This data can be a minor invasion of privacy or a violation of civil rights, depending on what it is and who can access it.
- Perhaps the biggest gap limiting the proliferation of drones and electric vertical take-off and landing aircraft (eVTOL) is not in safety or technical obstacles, but in economic terms. For smaller UAS, profitability can depend on regulations as well as on the customer base or pricing. Regulations that are uncertain or do not allow use cases with higher profit margins, e.g. Such as those that may require operation out of line of sight or above people can limit business growth opportunities. “
The report is a collaboration between the WEF and the consulting giant Deloitte. In 2018, Deloitte launched its own Global Drone Solutions service to help customers in the public and private sector with strategy and integration of drones. Earlier this year, the company partnered with the Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine research hospital in San Diego to investigate the delivery of medical specimen drones from the hospital to the genomic testing laboratory.
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