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Get ready for the commercial drone market boom around the corner

The use of commercial drones is undergoing FAA approval, and the market could boom in the very near future.

Published Sun, Mar 2 2014 3:01 PM CST   |   Updated Mon, Oct 19 2020 8:15 PM CDT

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is currently creating new guidelines so unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are able to commercially fly in U.S. airspace.

Get ready for the commercial drone market boom around the corner | TweakTown.com

Unlike many other countries, the U.S. has very crowded airspace, and the potential for safety issues in commercial drone crashes, will need to be properly addressed.

"Aerial robotics will be a significant market, assuming the FAA doesn't put huge restrictions on it," said Michael Blades, Frost & Sullivan analyst, when interviewed by the San Jose Mercury News.

Drones are still typically thought of in a traditional sense: something used to shoot GPS and laser-guided missiles at targets, but civilian companies express great interest in using drones for day-to-day tasks.

In the San Francisco Bay Area, a group of recreational kite photographers have publicly discussed the potential ability of connecting cameras to drones that can take pictures. One step at a time, it looks like civilian drone use in the U.S. will increase in 2014 and beyond, as the FAA sets guidelines.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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