2021-9-13
Ed Alvarado

Drone Industry Barometer 2022 White Paper

Insights on the state of the global drone industry today:

  • 891 drone company responses from 81 countries, including top drone markets such as Japan, USA, Germany, South Korea, UK, Australia and more!
  • All 3 drone industry segments surveyed (hardware, software, services) along with company sizes ranging from 1-10 employees to over 10,000
  • Top drone application methods as well as top reasons for companies to adopt drones into their workflow
  • Comparison of expectations vs reality for drone companies from 2018-2022 (all pandemic years)
  • Effects of COVID-19 pandemic before, during and after global lockdowns and restrictions (2019-2022)
  • Outlook on what drone companies prioritize and which market-drivers they consider most important

For more information, read our blog post about the drone industry barometer

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ABOUT THE DRONE INDUSTRY BAROMETER WHITE PAPER

The Drone Industry Barometer is Droneii‘s annual free white paper measuring the state of the global industry. This white paper provides insights into the opinions and perspectives of the drone industry coming directly from drone companies themselves. It is based on a survey which was conducted in June 2022 and which received almost 900 responses from 81 countries.

We gathered responses from industry stakeholders from across all three segments (hardware, software, services) and covering dozens of sug-segments including UTM, counter-drone, passenger drones (“air taxis”), drone training and more. The survey covered a wide range of topics including company size, top application methods, best reasons to adopt drones, company priorities for the coming year, and perspectives on the top market-driving factors. Another key topic addressed in the Drone Industry Barometer is the way expectations by drone companies match with their experienced reality.  Since the barometer is a yearly survey, it allows us to progressively assess how expectations and reality evolve from year to year.

Given the impact of the coronavirus in 2020 and 2021, this topic played a major role on the expectations and reality of drone companies during the past few barometers. In 2020, companies were more affected by the pandemic, yet they also saw it as having a positive long-term impact given the increased attention that the industry received. In 2021, negative effects subsided and expectations for the future skyrocketed. Interestingly, in 2022, companies reported a very low rating for the past year, which is perhaps caused by unrealistically-high expectations that were not met (leading to a greater level of dissatisfaction).

In conclusion, the Drone Industry Barometer provides a yearly review of what drone experts across the world have experienced and how they foresee that the industry will develop. It touches on the latest topics while providing continuity with previous editions in order to deliver the most comprehensive understanding of the state of the drone industry. This unique white paper is available as a free download in order to help bring the entire drone community together in order to achieve more transparency and better data to understand the drone industry as a whole.

DRONE INDUSTRY BAROMETER 2022

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

INTRODUCTORY FACTS OF THE DRONE INDUSTRY BAROMETER

DRONE OPERATION

EXPECTATIONS VS. REALITY

MARKET DEVELOPMENT BREAKDOWN

THE IMPACT OF THE CORONAVIRUS

RESOURCES

DRIVING FACTORS IN A DYNAMIC MARKET

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Figure 1:  Most Represented Countries on Drone Industry Barometer Survey

Figure 2:  Company Size of Respondents

Figure 3:  Survey Respondents by Market Segment

Figure 4:  Main Applied Methods

Figure 5:  Reasons for Adopting Drones

Figure 6:  Market Development in the Next 12 Months and Their Reflections on the Past 12 Months

Figure 7:  Market Development in the Last 12 Months by Market Segment

Figure 8:  Market Development in the Next 12 Months by Market Segment

Figure 9:  Business Impact of the Coronavirus Crisis

Figure 10:  Survey Respondents’ Answers to What They Allocate Their Resources To

Figure 11:  Survey Respondents’ Assessment of the Most Important Market-Driving Actors in the Drone Industry

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FAQ about Drone Industry Barometer

How is the Drone Industry Barometer different to other reports?

The Drone Industry Barometer is our yearly free white paper that uses a global survey with maximum outreach within the industry. Among other things, it measures how companies have performed in the past year, what they expect for the future, how they prioritize their activities, and which market-drivers they consider most influential. It is a unique opportunity for us to listen to what drone companies directly about the state of the drone industry.

Who participated in the Barometer?

Our yearly barometer is completed by drone industry professionals all around the globe. In order to distribute it, we are supported by drone associations of several countries as well as drone-specialized media outlets and other event-organizing partners.

How can the Drone Industry Barometer help my business?

Our unique global survey provides feedback directly from drone industry professionals about the drone industry itself. It is an opportunity to hear from experts about their experiences, expectations, reasons to use commercial drones, and dozens of other topics regarding their drone businesses. Anyone who is currently in the drone industry, or who hopes to enter it, can find unique and exclusive data about commercial drones through out yearly Drone Industry Barometer.

Why is it called a "Drone Industry Barometer"?

According to the Cambridge dictionary, a barometer is 1) a device that measures air pressure and shows when the weather is likely to change, 2) something that can show how a particular situation is developing, or how people’s opinions on a particular matter are changing. This is exactly what the Drone Industry Barometer does: it checks how drone industry experts perceive their own industry, and in turn it offers an idea of how it is likely to change. What started as a European-focused drone survey has now become the leading global drone survey in the industry.

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