3 Major Advancements in Commercial Drone Technology

3 Major Advancements in Commercial Drone Technology

April 12, 2017

Advancements in commercial drones’ technology are happening constantly. Each innovation leads to new capabilities, more applications, and more widespread use of these machines.

Whether these companies are just trying to cash in on this fast-growing industry, or they’re genuinely advancing our use of drones in society, this technology affects every pilot and enthusiast.

Recently, companies like Amazon have stated their intentions to use drones for commercial operations. Amazon plans to deliver its packages through the use of UAVs. Other businesses want drones to handle warehouse operations and various tasks. By throwing drones into the mix, a company can automate its processes to save money and increase efficiency.

Countless commercial uses are available here, including package delivery and the filming of events, among other things. Several smaller businesses are now offering RC (remote control) drones for sale, many with cameras. These RC drones with cameras are most common for specialized business ventures (i.e. realtors filming expansive properties available for web marketing) in addition to recreational use.

Here are some innovations that are changing the way we interact with drones

1. Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope (SAFE) Technology

SAFE technology was invented and pioneered by Horizon Hobby. Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope makes a flying RC vehicle aware of its attitude relative to the horizon (a level pane).

This prevents extreme or unusual positioning of the drone in flight. It assists with takeoffs and landings, and if you face issues with your drone such as it starting to spin out or go haywire, you can push a button to bring it back to level.

You can also select different modes to allow for bigger or smaller angles of rotation.

2. Telemetry Systems

Telemetry technology has been around for a while. It’s a way to automate communication processes and take data measurements.

Now, this technology is being applied to drones in a monumental way.

Telemetry systems allow you to keep an eye on the status of your drone in real time. You can see how much power you’ve consumed and how much longer your batteries are going to last. This helps prevent crashes due to low power.

This technology is going to become more crucial as safety concerns arise, as it helps you keep both the drone and anything you might be flying over safe.

3. Crash Prevention for Your Drone

It’s a kit that attaches to your drone. The eBumper uses integrated sensors and software to “enable autonomous obstacle avoidance” and precise drone control.

It senses when an obstacle is in the way, activates the eBumper to reduce the likelihood of a collision, and “bumps” the drone away from the obstacle. Then it hands control back over to the pilot.

About to hit a wall? Your drone pushes itself away.

About to smack a tree? Your drone pushes itself away.

About to lose $1,200 of your hard-earned money? This technology saves you from sleeping on the couch tonight.

Right now, the eBumper is only available for the DJI Phantom Range.

Commercial and consumer drone technology has come a long way, and it has a long way to go. But if we’re seeing these kinds of innovations popping up right now, we can only expect more advanced technology coming our way in the future. Needless to say, it’s an exciting time to be involved in drones.