how commercial drones will radically transform many industries

France must play the role of leader of the drone market which should reach 100 billion dollars within 10 years.

For instance :

  • Agriculture: Drones increase crop yield by providing precisely targeted monitoring and pest control
  • Mining: integrated with all facets of operations, from mapping, equipment and road inspections, to explosion analysis and stockpile assessments
  • Critical infrastructure: providing real-time perimeter monitoring and facility inspections, as well as early detection of hazards such as gas leaks.
  • Being able to see a house from a height of 100 meters gives buyers an extra perspective, and in many cases this added value leads to more potential buyers visiting the house. There are many other examples of emerging markets like this, including the delivery of medical products.
  • Dangerous work, especially infrastructure inspections, is carried out by commercial drones using high-resolution imagery incorporating artificial intelligence to detect problems from afar.
  • Insurance companies use drones to collect images and data from claim sites without sending experts to the scene.

A good example, parcel delivery

The best example of the use of drones is the delivery of packages. This delivery by drone will significantly reduce delivery costs, having no driver or truck costs, eliminating congestion costs, having fewer missed deliveries due to the very short delay, approximately 30 minutes between shipping and delivery of the item. This market will exceed 30 billion euros by 2027.

Drone delivery is therefore going to be at the heart of the next stage of commerce transformation.

These steps can be summarized as follows:

  • The post office
    • La Poste has enabled the emergence of paper catalogs in the countryside
  • The railroad
    • The railway allowed the emergence of department stores near stations
  • The car
    • The car and its trunk have allowed the emergence of hypermarkets with their car parks (no parking, no business)
  • The Internet
    • The Internet has enabled the emergence of e-commerce
  • The smart phone
    • The smartphone has enabled the emergence of ATAWAD commerce
  • LUAVs (especially drones).
    • The UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle)) will give birth to commerce that comes to me where I want it to. It is a trade that will fulfill latent expectations based on the outcome.

Here are some competitive advantages of this new business:

  • Drones help businesses focus on customization by considering each customer’s requirements and improve the level of customer service by delivering the right product to the right place at the right time.
  • The number and size of warehouses will be the technologies for easier access to customers and more effective demand forecasting methods.
  • The use of 3D printers will increase, and the accessibility of these systems will be easier. Every house with these devices will be a small factory. People can produce some of the products they need at home according to their specific needs.
  • As production becomes easier and transportation speeds up, the need for warehouses will be greatly reduced.
  • Research shows that 30% of a warehouse’s energy consumption consists of lighting. The implications of robotic technologies in warehousing and production, there will be less need for lighting and heating/cooling systems.

The most interesting disruptive innovation is that of drone highways, flying taxis and vertiports. For instance :

  • The Skyway project, 164 miles (265 km) of drone highways, will link cities and towns including Cambridge and Reading. Current laws require drones to be piloted by a human pilot, however, Skyway will use new technology to allow automated “unmanned” drones to fly beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS). Any drone manufacturer will be able to connect a drone’s guidance and communication systems to a virtual highway system that manages the safe guidance of drones to their destinations via software integration. Skyway will be equipped with ground sensors and communications hardware that coordinate with onboard drone sensors to transmit air traffic control data to autonomous aircraft as they fly.
  • Drone medicine delivery will help NHS Scotland provide better assistance to rural residents. The goal is to transport laboratory samples, blood products, chemotherapy and expedite the diagnosis and treatment of medical problems.
  • Air taxi services that will transport people and goods. They will need landing pads as large as a small airport. Hyundai plans to build 200 such city airports over the next five years.
  • A proliferation of delivery drones will cause new logistics centers to emerge, designed as beehive-shaped hubs, like the one offered by Amazon.

The problem of confidentiality

One of the most obvious issues is privacy, as drones often record and capture footage. Drone flight paths will therefore need to be built around existing transport hubs, rail corridors and airports.

Aerospace is a safety-oriented culture, but transferring and landing cargo delivery by drone carries a much higher risk of collision with low-altitude objects, buildings, structures, or people.

David Menga, in the book “The Internet of Augmented Me, Empowering Innovation for a new Sustainable Future”, highlights the importance of creating intelligent infrastructures to produce wealth after a period of crisis, following patterns adapted to innovation in a sustainable digital world.

The intelligent infrastructure is the equivalent of the interstate highways built by Eisenhower after the Second World War, adding GPS, the Internet and a software platform based on a dynamic digital twin and an adapted OS.

In the case of drones, the reception and management infrastructure is called an aerodrone and is presented as an aerodrome, its aircraft equivalent, automated and autonomous. An aerodrone manages missions on behalf of logistics operators, involving the coordination of multiple often autonomous robots of land, marine and drone type. To accomplish complex missions, the OS that manages the missions has simulation instruments based on digital twins of territories and robots. Its role is to orchestrate the work of multiple autonomous robots and to enhance the data provided by the sensors of the controlled robots by making them available, for a fee, to robot app providers.

To deal with any type of critical situation, the aerodrone is autonomous, produces and manages its energy as well as its connectivity, based on 5G technologies.

The English firm Unmanned Life provides such an OS.

Finally, the aerodrone manages its own turnover, in the form of a DAO or decentralized organization. Thus, it will be possible for individuals to participate in the financing of aerodrones and to benefit from the wealth produced, while promoting the opening up of territories.

The aerodrone of the future is a decentralized, autonomous Roissy in the age of the Web