Drone as a Service Market
Drone as a Service Market Analysis By Application (Mapping & Surveying, Inspection, Photography & Filming, Localization & Detection, Others), By End Use Industry (Energy, Construction, Agriculture, Mining, Oil & Gas Extraction, Public Administration, Information, Others), and Region- Global Market Insights 2023-2033
Analysis of Drone as a Service Market Covering 30+ Countries Including Analysis of US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Nordics, GCC countries, Japan, Korea and many more
Drone as a Service Market Outlook (2023-2033)
The global drone as a service market is expected to reach a valuation of US$ 6.6 billion in 2023. The market is further expected to grow at a CAGR of 14.3% over the next 10 years and attain a market value of US$ 25.2 billion by the end of 2033.
The drone services market accounts for ~18-20% of the total drone market. However, across hardware, software, and services, it is expected that services will witness the highest growth during the forecast period, and will achieve a market share of more than 50% of the total drone market.
Market Size (2022A)
US$ 5.8 Billion
Estimated Market Value (2023E)
US$ 6.6 Billion
Forecasted Market Value (2033F)
US$ 25.2 Billion
Global Market Growth Rate (2023-2033)
North America Market Share (2022)
East Asia Market Growth Rate (2023-2033)
United States Market Growth Rate (2023-2033)
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Soaring Investment and Strict Regulations – An Ongoing War
Drone as a service industry is witnessing a huge rise in demand owing to an increase in the scope of services being offered with the help of drones. Initially, the use of drones was limited to sectors such as healthcare, energy, and agriculture among others. However, the mass adoption of drone technology across different sectors like mining, oil & gas extraction, education, security, and inspection has opened a new set of opportunities for the market players.
During the Covid-19 outbreak, drone delivery services saw increased demand, especially from the healthcare sector and government institutions. The use of drones for the delivery of medicines and other medical equipment to areas where transportation via other means was not possible or was not very cost-effective. The initiatives taken by governments across the globe have also played an important role in shaping the market outlook of the drone services market.
- Short Term (2023 Q1-2026): Currently the major focus is on the manufacturing and development of drones, keeping in mind the different uses across the industry. Specific drones for agriculture or a more advanced one for imaging and sensing use. The market is expected to witness a sea of companies coming into the manufacturing space.
- Medium Term (2026-2029): During this period, the market is poised to become more mainstream in comparison to what it is today. The industry is expecting an increase in the adoption of drones for day-to-day uses such as food delivery, medicine delivery, and mail delivery among others.
- Long Term (2029-2033): Continued investment from the VCs along with the rising number of mergers and acquisitions would play an important role in shaping the future of drone as a service market. The government’s rules and regulations regarding the drone market cannot be ignored as these rules shape the market sentiments.
As per the newly published report by Fact.MR, a market research and competitive intelligence provider, the global drone services market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 14.3% during the forecast period of 2023-2033.
The above image presents a market analysis of the drone as a service industry based on the application and region. Under the application type, mapping & surveying accounts for 35% of the total market shares.
Why Drone as a Service is Witnessing Huge Market Growth
“Technological Advancements are Enabling the market growth”
The drone market saw tremendous technological improvements in the recent past. With the help of heavy investments, market players were able to focus on the research and development of the best possible version of the drone without being worried about the money.
The industry witnessed more sophisticated and user-friendly hardware and software coming into the market. To meet the industry-specific demand, companies were able to develop drones that can meet the client’s requirements.
Drones as a service witnessed a significant rise in demand from agriculture, oil and gas, and disaster space. For example, an oil and gas company used to spend around US$ ~2500-3000 for a one-time pipeline inspection, whereas the same task can be performed with the help of a drone within 1/3rd of the cost.
Disaster management companies are using drones to target specific fire areas to control with the help of autonomous drones. The demand from the agriculture, energy and construction sectors for drone services is expected to be manifold in the coming future.
“Increasing Demand from Consumer End”
The consumer industry for the drone services market is still in its early stage. As these services are performed mostly in crowded areas where the chances of any mishaps are high, market players are taking their time to develop the best possible drones. Also, the cost associated with opting for drone services in consumer services is not yet very user-friendly, and market participants are trying to tackle this issue also.
However, due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the drone services market witnessed a growth in their demand, especially for medicine and other essential deliveries. Later companies saw an opportunity and tech giants like Amazon are planning to make drone delivery mainstream.
One of the biggest logistic companies UPS has also partnered with drone delivery companies to deliver mail in some parts of the US. Many startups in food delivery businesses across the globe have invested heavily in drone delivery companies and are eying to start drone delivery services.
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Factors Affecting the Growth of the Drone Services Market
“Stringent Rules and Regulations”
Apart from public acceptance, drone service providers face huge challenges in the form of government rules and regulations regarding running drone-related services. The drone services market is highly regulated and has multiple legal frameworks to follow.
Privacy and data breach is also a common area of concern for the market players as they hinder growth. There were many incidences of collision and GPS spoofing which affected the market growth and also few of them were the reasons for some new strict rules set out by the governments. The higher cost of certification and training associated with the drone services market also demotivates many companies to expand or increase their service offerings. Governments across the globe are working towards creating a suitable environment for drone service providers to co-exist and do business.
The US Drone Service Market will Continue to maintain its Status Quo
In comparison to the rest of the major economies of the world, the US drone services market is highly mature and competitive. The US is home to many well-known companies in the field of the drone services market. In terms of market value, the US accounts for 1/3rd of the global demand for drones as a service market.
From an investment point of view also, the US market is competitive owing to the presence of 8 out of the top 10 investors, headquartered in the US and most of their investment is in local companies. As of today, Y Combinator, one of the busiest seed-stage investment firms in the world, has invested in almost 15+ drone market companies. The US drone services market is expected to achieve a valuation of US$ 1.7 billion in 2023. The market is further expected to grow with a CAGR of 12.1% over the next 10 years amid rising acceptance by consumers and commercial end users.
Indian to Witness Huge Market growth in Drone Service Industry
The Indian drone industry is gradually rising due to the increased acceptance by both consumer and commercial space. The use of drones for artistic cinematography, land survey, agricultural spray, construction inspection, and deliveries of essential items such as food, and medicines has stimulated the growth of the drone services market in India. Given its huge population with increased spending power, the market for drone services is expected to witness double-digit growth over the next few years.
The initiatives, taken by the government of India have also accelerated the demand for the drone services market. The government of India came up with drone regulation 2021, in which the government outlined a few path-breaking rules such as a reduction in licensing fees, no license requirement for non-commercial drones, and relaxation on various approvals and certifications, which ultimately boosted the confidence of the market players.
The adoption of drones among the general public has been manifold in the recent past with increased uses in wedding photography, videography, and sports events among others have definitely accelerated the demand for drones as a service.
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Inspection Services to Command Fastest Growth
The use of drones for inspection purposes across industries has increased drastically. Any industry which requires timely inspection and maintenance of its plants or other related units is taking the help of drones in running the inspection. Drones help the business in keeping the business running by providing the required visuals and conditions.
Inspection with the help of drones is making life easy for companies as well as service providers by speeding up the manual inspection that too with more accurate data. Also, these inspection services are cost-effective in comparison to manual inspection. Drone inspection services account for 31% of total drone services demand.
Drone inspection services are being used in industries such as oil & gas, energy, construction, and agriculture among others. The trend is expected to continue as more and more industries are adopting drone technology for inspection services, which results in lower inspection costs and better data.
Energy Sector will Contribute Most to the Drone Service Market
Energy sectors like wind, solar, and oil & gas require regular inspection to maintain safety standards and function continuously. But these inspections can take a huge amount of time and money. That’s why there is a rising trend of adoption of drones in the energy sector. By Integrating drones into their regular inspection services, companies have saved a lot of their time and money, and that too with a more accurate data set.
In case of any damage or failure captured by drones can be instantly monitored by the companies and take precautionary action on the go. Earlier these inspections were carried out by helicopters and planes along with professional climbers. All these market participants have been replaced by a single drone and inspection or mapping can be done at a fraction of the cost.
The drone service market players are betting huge and are coming up with specialized drones to cater to the demand rising from energy sectors.
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The key players associated with a drone as a service market are AeroDyne, AiriNov, Azur Drones, Bentley Systems, CyberHawk, Deveron UAS, Flirtey, FlyTrex, Hemav, Martek Marine, Matternet, Measure, Raptor Maps, Sharper Shape, Skeye, Sky Futures, SkySpecs, Terra Drone, Texo Drone Services, The Sky Guys, Zipline.
The global drone services market is still evolving with continuous technological advancement along with new emerging use cases. The scope of work that can be done via drone has drastically expanded in the last few years. Nowadays, companies across industries are trying to integrate the use of drones in their operations so that it can improve time efficiency and save costs also. The industry has witnessed many notable mergers and investments in recent times. A few of the notable drone-related transactions are mentioned below;
- In May 2022, NeoSky India Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of RattanIndia Enterprises Limited, completed the acquisition of Throttle Aerospace Systems Private Limited, a drone maker for an undisclosed price.
- In June 2021, Zipline, a global drone delivery service company raised US$ 250 million at a valuation of a whopping US$ 2.75 billion. This transaction was one of the biggest investments in the field of the drone industry marketplace.
Fact.MR has provided detailed information about the providers of drones as a service positioned across regions, revenue growth, and service offering expansion, in the recently published report.
Segmentation of the Drone as a Service Market
- Mapping & Surveying
- Photography & Filming
- Localization & Detection
- Spraying & Seeding
- Others (Not Covered Elsewhere)
By End-Use Industry:
- Transportation & Warehouse
- Mining, Oil & Gas Extraction
- Public Administration
- Real Estate & Industrial Plant
- Entertainment & Recreational
- Safety & Security
- Educational Services
- Waste Management
- Healthcare & Insurance
- North America
- Latin America
- East Asia
- South Asia & Oceania
- Middle East & Africa
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The global drone services market will achieve a valuation of US$ 25.2 billion by the end of 2033.
Mapping and Surveying account for 35% of the total drone services demand.
North America holds 29% of the total market share in the drone service industry.
East Asia is expected to grow at a CAGR of 15.2% over the forecast period.
During 2018-2022, the revenue of drone service providers increased at a CAGR of 9.7% CAGR.