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2016 taught us a lot about drones and their potential to deliver benefits for consumers, communities, and businesses alike. Large mining companies started adopting the drone survey approach as a cost-effective and accurate alternative. Google and Chipotle tested burrito delivery on the campus of Virginia Tech, while cities nationwide turned to drones to help first responders, inspect bridges and roads, and monitor construction sites. We witnessed the launch of innovative products from Intel, Yuneec, DJI, Sensefly, Quest UAV and others — not to mention GoPro’s first drone. South Africa became the first African country to regulation the commercial use of drones and since then, other African countries have followed suit.

And we’ve only scratched the surface. In 2017, we’re going to see drones come to the forefront of business, tech, and our daily lives. Let’s talk about what drones have in store for us this year.

Other big players will get into the game

We’ve already witnessed mining corporations and security companies adopting drones in everyday activities and logistics companies like Amazon and DHL will start to put more and more drones in the air. Traditional retailers that have been developing drone strategies behind closed doors will announce their ideas for innovation and implementation, heating up the marketplace.

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s 20,000 drones!

Today, we commonly see about 5,000 drones flying simultaneously around the world. With large consumer electronics, logistics, mining and telecom companies making major plays in the drone ecosystem.

The bottom line: 2017 is the year of the drone

Whether we’re talking about who’s paying for them, who’s buying them, or how they are being used, drones will be pushed to the forefront of cultural, political, commercial, and consumer conversations in 2017. A shifting adoption landscape combined with new sources of funding and advanced improvements in technology should make 2017 a monumental year for the drone.

We at RocketMine, can’t wait to see what’s next.

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