Amazon plans to use drones to deliver packages right to your door. Amateur and professional filmmakers want to use drones to provide a new way to capture action from angles not possible before. Even the Dallas Cowboys want to use drones to film their practices. However, all of this would have been illegal until the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) finally passed regulations allowing the use of drones in public areas.
Recently, the FAA has proposed a framework for the routine use of drones for non-recreational purposes. All drone flights must be limited to daytime and maintain a visual line of sight with the operator. In addition there will also be certain heist restrictions, operator certification, and aircraft registration. More importantly, the latest FAA proposal would allow a drone operator to optionally work with a separate observer who can maintain constant visual contact with the aircraft.
While these proposed regulations may not be final, they do point to the future where drone use will become routine and commonplace. That means you can expect to see more drone use in various industries including agriculture.
Drones won’t necessarily replace current practices and technology so much as they’ll supplement them. After all, filmmakers won’t suddenly abandon traditional cameramen in favor of drones. Likewise, the agriculture industry won’t suddenly abandon satellite imagery and soil sampling and replace them with drones.
What industries will do is find ways to use drones creatively to perform tasks not easily done or even impossible to achieve using current technology. The drone revolution is coming to every industry. Just like the early days of personal computers where early adopters were rewarded with greater efficiency and productivity, so will early adopters of drone technology receive similar benefits.
Just as PCs gradually became indispensable in practically every industry, expect drone technology to become just as critical in practically every industry. If you’re not preparing to use drones in your business, someone else will and that means they’ll have an advantage that you won’t have.
Drones are part of the future. The sooner you find ways to take advantage of the coming drone revolution, the sooner you can start deriving benefits as a result. After all, look how handicapped people are today if they don’t know how to use a PC. Now imagine how far behind you could be if you fail to adopt the latest technologies like drones in your industry.