Commercial Drone Market Worth $501.4 Billion By 2028 | CAGR: 57.5%

April 2021 | Report Format: Electronic (PDF)

Commercial Drone Market Growth & Trends

The global commercial drone market size is anticipated to reach USD 501.4 billion by 2028, registering a CAGR of 57.5% from 2021 to 2028, according to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc. The rising demand for commercial drones can be attributed to the growing application base across a wide range of end-use verticals, including real estate and construction, media and entertainment, and agriculture. Majority of the end-use verticals that involve a high proportion of operational processes are expected to experience substantial productivity gains from drone usage owing to the automation of business operations.

UAVs or drones are reinventing old businesses and even creating new prospects. In 2016, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released regulations related to the usage of commercial drones that clarified the legal landscape for businesses and workers. Since then, the industrial applications of commercial drones have significantly increased. Drones are expected to emerge as versatile tools, which can transform existing business operations and help to establish new startups.

The prominent industry players are involved in the manufacturing as well as supply of accessories required for drone operation. Additionally, they provide applications for Android/iOS-based smartphones and tablets to efficiently operate and maneuver drones during flight. These manufacturers offer drones for various verticals, such as security & law enforcement, energy, agriculture, retail, media, and entertainment.

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Commercial Drone Market Report Highlights

  • The ability of drones to perform increasingly complex tasks is likely to improve with advancements in technologies such as collision avoidance and autonomy

  • Commercial drones are anticipated to become a potential alternative for the logistics activities of companies, helping them increase their competitive advantage

  • Drones are widely being used to inspect power plants, oil and gas, and other industrial sites to ensure proper operations and safeguard these sites

  • Newer drone-supportive regulations are expected to lower the entry barriers for startups providing commercial operations of drones

  • The advent of drones is set to transform the media industry as it allows the journalism sector to cover news in areas where human entry is prohibited

Commercial Drone Market Segmentation

Grand View Research has segmented the global commercial drone market based on product, application, end-use, and region:

Commercial Drone Product Outlook (Volume, Thousand Units; Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2028)

  • Fixed-wing

  • Rotary Blade

  • Hybrid

Commercial Drone Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2028)

  • Filming & Photography

  • Inspection & Maintenance

  • Mapping & Surveying

  • Precision Agriculture

  • Surveillance & Monitoring

  • Others

Commercial Drone End-use Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2028)

  • Agriculture

  • Delivery & Logistics

  • Energy

  • Media & Entertainment

  • Real Estate & Construction

  • Security & Law Enforcement

  • Others

Commercial Drone Regional Outlook (Volume, Thousand Units; Revenue, USD Million, 2016 - 2028)

  • North America

    • U.S.

    • Canada

  • Europe

    • Germany

    • U.K.

    • France

    • Italy

  • Asia Pacific

    • China

    • Australia

    • Japan

    • South Korea

  • Latin America

    • Brazil

    • Mexico

  • Middle East & Africa (MEA)

    • UAE

    • Israel

    • South Africa

List of Key Players in the Commercial Drone Market

  • DJI

  • Parrot Drones SAS


  • 3D Robotics


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