Drone Economy


The global commercial Drone market, currently (USD) $2 Billion will be worth more than (USD) $127 Billion by 2020.

This mass growth is largely due to the influx of autonomous passenger drones, delivery drones and the drone filmography industries.

In the world of drone transport, new comers to the drone market such as Airbus, Ehang and Mercedes-Benz have created a tsunami of momentum to disrupt the market. The adoption of artificial intelligent software by Exyn Technologies to help drones fly autonomously off the grid will shift how we travel in the future through single touch drone technology. Are you ready to be disrupted by the drone economy?

Ai passenger drones.

Amazon was the first to talk about delivery drones but we have a new disruptor in market called ‘Ehang 184’. Chinese owned Ehang is on course to be the world’s first autonomous people delivery drone. The Ehang 184 will transport passengers autonomously by the push of a single button.

The company, is currently developing a sophisticated system whereby the passenger will set their location by pushing a destination on Google Maps. Their launch system is simple, with just a single button to take-off and land.

Powered by 4 arms and 8 propeller blades, the Ehang 184 currently has the ability to transport passengers for a period of 23 minutes in a single flight. On 8th of June, 2016, Ehang 184 was given clearance by the FAA to begin testing in Nevada. To help the company through testing and regulatory approval for the drone, Ehang have teamed up with the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS) and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (Goed) to ensure a pathway to launch.

Similarly, Airbus recently unveiled their autonomous transportation concept called ‘Pop.Up’ that uses drones to lift car pods and fly them to a destination.

Airbus was clever enough to radicalise the entire eco-system of transport and design a car first that can be transformed into flying drone. 

It means that storage and versatility of their product is advanced enough to be adapted into our current world. 

Mathias Thomsen, general manager for Urban Air Mobility at Airbus said  “Successfully designing and implementing solutions that will work both in the air and on the ground requires a joint reflection on the part of both aerospace and automotive sectors, alongside collaboration with local government bodies for infrastructure and regulation.”

Uber Elevate.

Uber is charging forward into the autonomous unmanned flying vehicle space with an infrastructure vision that lives in the sky called ‘Uber Elevate’. Uber has no desire to actually build and construct the autonomous drones, rather they are looking into learning from their current business about tackling the infrastructure needs required to support this mass platform. 

Their master plan includes bringing together private and government parties to solve a pile of technical, regulatory, and infrastructural problems, from battery density to aircraft certification to air traffic control.

Uber’s timeline is based on the next 5 years whereby they will solve most of the technical and legal issues surrounding launching ‘UBER ELEVATE.’ By then, they will have acquire a Fly Sharing network of  pilots, connecting them with its massive customer base, advising on routes, and collecting its share of the fare.

To help realise their timeline and make UBER ELEVATE a reality, Uber has recently acquired NASA’s leading expert in flying cars Mark Moore. Moore recently predicted Uber would market a fully electric, vertical take off and landing plane capable of carrying passengers for about the price of a normal Uber X ride.

With dreams of electric cars, driverless cars and now flying cars on the eve of reality, it looks like Autonomous Drones are ready to create an entirely new mode of travel for commercial users. The end opportunity is to recreate the future of travel.

Ben Fraser