Picture this – unmanned aerial vehicles delivering pizzas to private homes, depositing
pharmacy prescriptions and/or transporting books and tapes from a commercial online vendor to any
location. People definitely find the convenience concept attractive. As a result, Americans are
beginning to see a more positive side of drone technology.
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), usually referred to as drones, may become common delivery
vehicles in the not-too-distant future. In the competitive space where war is being waged between
Amazon, UPS and established retail outlets, speed and efficiency are prevailing and Americans are
beginning to find drone technology extremely interesting.
But perhaps the greatest marketplace for drone technology will be in public sector marketplaces.
Governmental entities are considering drone technology for public safety, security on university
campuses, research capabilities and more.
Still, in some quarters, drones are feared. The negative vibes are coming from people who think of
drones that hover and collect information or data as being harbingers of “Big Brother.” They fear an
infringement of the privacy rights of Americans.
But, when the negative perception of drones is overcome, as most believe it will be, drone
technology will likely become a multi-billion-dollar industry in the United States rather quickly. The
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to date has issued fewer than 400 permits for drones, but that
number is expected to increase exponentially in the coming years.
Here’s a strong indication of acceptance – numerous states are currently considering drone
legislation. They simply are not waiting for the federal government to move.
Alan is serial entrepreneur, active angel investor, and a drone enthusiast. He co-founded DRONELIFE.com to address the emerging commercial market for drones and drone technology. Prior to DRONELIFE.com, Alan co-founded Where.com, ThinkingScreen Media, and Nurse.com. Recently, Alan has co-founded Crowditz.com, a leader in Equity Crowdfunding Data, Analytics, and Insights. Alan can be reached at alan(at)dronelife.com