(Editorial note: since this article was published in March 2021, Intel no longer produces drones (Falcon8) and their drone show business was acquired by Nova Sky Stories. In addition, Sensefly merged with AgEagle. Lastly, Autel Robotics technically has global headquarters in Shenzhen, China, but they hold regional headwarters in the USA for the purpose of this article, which is also in line with their Linkedin page description)
It was about 1.5 years ago when we evaluated the registered drones under Part 107 in the U.S. At the time, the “trade war” between the U.S. and China was fully underway. The U.S. initiated bans of Chinese drones for government agencies under the American Drone Security Act of 2019. Quite a few industry participants postulated, wishfully or not, that this would end DJI’s market dominance in the U.S. But what kind of impact did the ban have on drone market share by mid-2020 and who are the biggest manufacturers under Part 107 in the U.S.? This article will answer these questions as well as shedding light on other findings.