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Commercial Drone Market Size, 2019-2025 | Industry Growth Report

Commercial Drone Market Analysis Report By Application, By Product, By End Use And Segment Forecasts From 2019 To 2025

Report ID: MN17615252  |  Published: August 2020  |  No of Pages: 120
Format: Electronic (PDF)  |  Industry: Technology  |  Publisher: Grand View Research

Industry Insights

The global commercial drone market size was accounted for USD 5.80 billion in 2018. It is estimated to reach 274.6 thousand units were sold in the year and the market is projected to witness 56.5% CAGR from 2019 to 2025. Increasing application of drones in agriculture, energy sectors and entertainment is attributing to their growth. Drones were used for military applications, in the beginning; however, it has found numerous commercial applications of late.

These unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) are capable of performing different hazardous tasks including inspection of utility pipelines with precision. In addition, favorable initiatives and regulations by governments have paved the way for increasing participation by start-ups owing to a lower entry barrier. Moreover, the emergence of drone delivery services in the e-commerce sector is anticipated to be the major boost for the market. Drones are capable of carrying emergency medicine and temperature critical commodities.

U.S commercial drones market

UAVs manufacturers are focusing on developing a customer-centric solution to address specific business needs. Technical advancements have enabled drone manufacturers to introduce drones in various sizes, shapes and weight. These drones are capable of performing varieties of applications.

Various other factors such as increasing investment in UAV start-ups and increasing commercial application such as 3D mapping are projected to further bolster the growth of the market. However, factors such as lack of trained pilots, security and privacy concern and traffic management are estimated to hinder the market growth.

Construction and real-estate sector have been witnessing an increasing demand for commercial drones for surveying application. Drones reduce the cost and time in such applications as compared to conventional methods, thereby, gaining traction.

Application Insights

Among different applications, filming & photography is projected to account for the largest share in the commercial drone market over the next six years. In 2018, this segment was worth USD 1.86 billion and estimated to register considerable growth over the next few years. The use of drones for filmmaking, recording events and for aerial photography has increased in the recent past. Further, the use of drones in journalism is gaining traction as it allows media persons to cover in places where people entry are not allowed.

On the other hand, the inspection & maintenance category is likely to witness significant growth over the forecast duration. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has introduced new regulations (Part 107), which, in turn, has opened a new opportunity in the oil & gas sector. Further, increasing adoption of commercial drones by utility companies is driving their demand.

The precision agriculture category is estimated to grow significantly owing to the increasing application of drones in critical farm applications. Drones help the farmer in various applications such as field monitoring and crop plantation.

End-use Insights

Drones have significantly altered the conventional business operations in the construction and real estate sector. This segment is estimated to register robust growth from 2019 to 2025. The rise in drone application in offering constant updates, surveying lands and avoiding hazardous conditions are attributing to the growth of the segment.

Technical advancements in the farming sector are likely to lead to a rise in adoption of drones in the agriculture sector. The awareness regarding drone use in agricultural activities is gaining traction. Moreover, drones help in crop monitoring under harsh environmental conditions and provide precise input. These benefits are projected to make drones a popular choice for farmers.

The security & law enforcement agencies are estimated to witness increased adoption of drones in the next few years. Drones are capable of transferring surveillance data like videos and images to base location in real-time. UAVs can be equipped with night vision camera and thermal sensors along with moving in confined space. Such abilities are expected to make drones a vital component in a security application.

Delivery & logistics segment is likely to be the fastest growing from 2019 to 2025. UAVs can be a cost-effective way of the goods delivery. Further, it reduces the time taken for delivery. Owing to cost-effective delivery, e-commerce companies are anticipated to offer free delivery services, which, in turn, would attract a huge number of customers.

Product Insights

Fixed-wing UAVs are projected to expand at more than 60% CAGR over the forecast duration. They are most commonly used in terrain modelling, aerial mapping and topographic surveys owing to drones’ ability to operate at high altitude for a longer time. On the other hand, the hybrid drones category is likely to grow at the fastest pace over the forecast duration. Hybrid drones are capable in offering increased power, payload size and range as compared to those who are battery-operated.

Germany commercial drone market

In 2018, the rotary blade category accounted for the highest share in the market. Further, the segment is anticipated to continue its dominance over the forecast duration. These drones can land and take-off vertically, thus, eliminate the need for extra space. The increasing need for precise maneuvering and ability of such drones to locate their target with precision is driving the growth of the market.

Regional Growth

In 2018, North America held the largest share in the market and projected to maintain its dominance over the forecast duration. Introduction of favorable government initiatives in the region coupled with the rise in drone-powered business is driving the growth of the region. In the U.S, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has introduced guidelines regarding the safe and legal operation of drones for commercial purpose.

APAC is projected to be the fastest-growing segment during the forecast duration. Increasing adoption of drones in various application in countries such as Japan and China are attributing to the growth of the region. Drones are known to offer higher productivity as compared to conventional methods, especially in agriculture sector that is facing labor shortage. Europe, on the other hand, is witnessing considerable growth owing to the favorable regulations framed by the European Union government.

MEA is estimated to witness significant growth owing to the well-established oil & gas sector in the region. The use of drones in pipeline maintenance and inspection is gaining traction in the region. African countries are also increasingly adopting drones in medicine and agriculture industries. For example, the government of Tanzania has partnered with Zipline to deliver medical supplies as well as blood in rural areas.

Impact of COVID-19

The COVID-19 outbreak has positively affected the commercial drones market. The pandemic has forced people to maintain social distance, where the use of drones has surged to combat the pandemics. The epicenter of the pandemic, Wuhan, drone were used in order to deliver medical essentials, which reduced the direct exposure to medical staff. Further, drones were used to check the temperature in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus. In addition, drones adoption in various other applications such as surveillance, surveying, broadcasting, and delivery necessary items including food has increased to avoid people to people contact.

Commercial Drone Market Share Insights

Leading market participants are Xiaomi, 3D Robotics, DJI, AeroVironment Inc., EHANG and INSITU among others. Favorable government initiatives and increasing investment by venture capitalists are projected to create a lucrative opportunity for the market players. Market players, to gain larger market share, are adopting various strategic initiatives such as merger & acquisition, partnerships and introduction of new products. Technology licensing is the other major strategic initiatives where market players are focusing on. Owing to favorable regulations, the market is projected to witness the entry of new players.

Report Scope



Base year for estimation


Actual estimates/Historical data

2014 - 2017

Forecast period

2019 - 2025

Market representation

Revenue in USD Million, Demand in Thousand Units and CAGR from 2019 to 2025

Regional scope

North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa (MEA)

Country scope

U.S., Canada, Germany, U.K., France, Italy, China, Australia, Japan, South Korea, Brazil, Mexico, UAE, Israel, and South Africa

Report coverage

Revenue forecasts, company share, competitive landscape, growth factors and trends

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Segments Covered in the Report

This report forecasts revenue growth at global, regional, and country levels, and provides an analysis on latest industry trends in each of the sub-segments from 2014 to 2025. For the purpose of this study, Million Insights has segmented the global commercial drone market report on the basis of application, product, end use and region:

• Application Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)
    • Filming & Photography
    • Inspection & Maintenance
    • Mapping & Surveying
    • Precision Agriculture
    • Surveillance & Monitoring
    • Others

• Product Outlook (Volume, Thousand Units; Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)
    • Fixed-Wing
    • Rotary Blade
    • Hybrid

• End-Use Outlook (Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)
    • Agriculture
    • Delivery & Logistics
    • Energy
    • Media & Entertainment
    • Real Estate & Construction
    • Security & Law Enforcement
    • Others

• Regional Outlook (Volume, Thousand Units; Revenue, USD Million, 2014 - 2025)
    • North America
        • The U.S.
        • Canada
    • Europe
        • Germany
        • The U.K.
        • France
        • Italy
    • Asia Pacific
        • China
        • Australia
        • Japan
        • South Korea
    • Latin America
        • Brazil
        • Mexico
    • Middle East & Africa
        • UAE
        • Israel
        • South Africa

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