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This 129-page research report pulls together our latest research on both the consumer and commercial markets to provide a holistic view of drone buyers, service providers, business and public agency users, and software service users, plus insights into the verticals that use drone services.
The report features 67 figures and 10 tables offering insight and analysis on:
- Drone and payload hardware brand market share, purchasing factors and purposes across commercial and consumer segments.
- Which business and agency users are purchasing drones, which industries are gaining traction fastest and spending the most on drones and related services.
- The size and nature of drone-based service providers, what markets they're targeting and the performance of large service networks.
- Attachment rate of various software types to different drone stakeholders, and the market share of software brands across drone operations management and insights/analytics software.
This report is broken down into Key Insights, Understanding Segments & Verticals and Detailed Findings.
Key Insights reveals the 10 most critical findings from the report that unveil larger shifts in the market.
Understanding Segments & Verticals provides a holistic view to each of the reports four key areas of focus - drone purchases, service providers, business and agency users and software services.
Lastly, the Detailed Findings section breaks down answers to the survey questions and key areas of focus one-by-one for a complete understanding of the market.
This report is based on two different forms of research: a quantitative online survey and qualitative phone interviews.
Our quantitative online survey collected responses from 1,345 drone industry stakeholders representing 39 industries and over 100 countries.
Respondents were mostly concentrated in North America (56% of responses), followed by Europe & Central Asia (16%), East Asia & Pacific (10%) and South Asia (7%).
Throughout the survey, we created several tests and loops to ensure that all counted respondents were at least one of the following: drone buyer, service provider, business and agency user or drone software user.
Our qualitative phone interviews were conducted across a 3-month span and focused on voices that were likely to be underrepresented in our survey - large enterprise drone programs and hardware/software vendors.
Figure 1: Respondents by Region
Figure 2: Respondents by Section(s) Answered
Figure 3: Respondents by Age
Figure 4: Industry / Sector of Respondents
Figure 5: Respondents by Role
Figure 6: Drone Aircraft Type Purchased
Figure 7: Drone Brand Market Share
Figure 8: Drone Brand Market Share by Country of Origin
Figure 9: Most Expensive Drone Purchase
Figure 10: Where Drones Are Purchased
Figure 11: Changes in Place of Purchase
Figure 12: Primary Purchase Objective
Figure 13: Primary Purchase Objective (Professional Use Only)
Figure 14: Changes in Professional Purchase Objectives
Figure 15: Hobby vs. Professional Use by Price
Figure 16: Camera and Sensor Integration Method
Figure 17: Sensor Type(s)
Figure 18: Sensor Brand Market Share
Figure 19: Add-on Payload Market Makeup
Figure 20: Other Mounted Accessories
Figure 21: Primary Purchasing Factors
Figure 22: Necessary Security Features
Figure 23: Impact of Security Claims About Chinese Products
Figure 24: Number of Years Offering Services
Figure 25: Changes in Duration Offering Services
Figure 26: Years of Services By Region
Figure 27: Revenue From Drone Operations
Figure 28: Number of Full- and Part-time Employees
Figure 29: Drone Projects per Year (Service Providers)
Figure 30: Primary 3 Services Offered
Figure 31: Training Methods Used (Service Providers)
Figure 32: Training Provider(s) Used (Service Providers)
Figure 33: Future Hiring Intentions (Service Providers)
Figure 34: Issues Inhibiting Growth (Service Providers)
Figure 35: Changes in Issues Inhibiting Service Provider Growth
Figure 36: Net Impact of COVID-19 (Service Providers)
Figure 37: The Effects of COVID-19 (Service Providers)
Figure 38: Impact of China Security Concerns (Service Providers)
Figure 39: Participation in Drone Pilot Networks
Figure 40: Pilot Network Share of Service Providers
Figure 41: Primary Mission of Drone Program
Figure 42: Number of Years Using Drones
Figure 43: Region / Years Using Drones
Figure 44: Program State
Figure 45: Drone Program Structure
Figure 46: Business and Agency Outsourcing
Figure 47: Business and Agency User Revenue
Figure 48: Number of Staff Involved in the Program
Figure 49: Drones Owned or Leased
Figure 50: Drone Projects Per Year (Business and Agency Users)
Figure 51: Preferred Training Method (Business and Agency Users)
Figure 52: Drone Program Founding
Figure 53: Program Founding / Age
Figure 54: Business and Agency Spend
Figure 55: Expected Spending Changes (Business and Agency Users)
Figure 56: Drone Program Challenges
Figure 57: Impact of COVID-19 (Business and Agency Users)
Figure 58: Software Type(s) Used
Figure 59: Software Consumption Preferences
Figure 60: Respondent Type / Software Consumption Preferences
Figure 61: Stakeholders with Access to Drone Data
Figure 62: Drone Operations Management Software Market Share
Figure 63: Software Category Maturity (Drone Operations Management Software)
Figure 64: Primary Purchasing Factors (Drone Operations Management Software)
Figure 65: Insights/Analytics Software Market Share
Figure 66: Software Category Maturity (Insights/Analytics Software)
Figure 67: Primary Purchasing Factors (Insights/Analytics Software)
Table 1: Change in Professional Use by Price Range
Table 2: Change in Reported Revenues Over Time
Table 3: Fleet Size and Revenues of Service Providers
Table 4: Flight Hours Per Project
Table 5: Top 10 Drone Services Making Over $100K/Year
Table 6: Top 5 Drone Services Outsourced by Business and Agency Users
Table 7: Top 5 Drone Service Providers Globally, By Quantity of Services Performed
Table 8: Flight Hours Per Project
Table 9: Top 5 Business and Agency Drone Spenders, By Primary Mission
Table 10: Attachment Rate By Software Type and Respondent Type
This report covers a vast array of vendors and brands across the drone industry. Particularly, in our market share metrics we assessed the position of over 100 brands across the drone hardware, payload developer, service provider and software segments.
Just a few of the companies mentioned are listed below:
- 3D Robotics
- Inspired Flight
- Teal Drones
This year's report was more representative of the global drone market than any of our prior reports. While our previous reports were predominantly centered around the North American market, this year we collected data across 110 countries, with the largest increase from Europe & Central Asia, East Asia & Pacific and South Asia.
A breakdown of respondents by region is shown below. We discuss the growth trends across these regions further in the report.
DroneAnalyst firmly believes that our annual market sector reports provide the best look at inter-market drone trends, position of vendors/stakeholders and near-term opportunities in the market. This is based on our approach in collecting large sample survey data, and relying on our historical data to unveil trends in the young industry.
This 2020 Report incorporates 1,345 survey responses and, following results for a worst-case 50-percent answer for a population of 15 million or greater, achieved a confidence level of 99% with a margin of error (MoE) ± 3.5.
DroneAnalyst has performed a similar data collection and analysis process since 2016, resulting in not just a more informed report, but a report that can capture critical historical trends in this young drone market. That can often be critical to understanding the position a particular stakeholder (or group of stakeholders) holds in the market.
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