A lot of drone company have been hitting the market, and more will be coming in soon, but no other companies have been making more noise than the latest Top10.To highlight some of these businesses, we decided to put together a list of the 10 drone companies to follow in 2016.
Whether you’re looking for drone companies to invest in or you’re a consumer/commercial pilot, these are some of the top drone company out there.Make sure to bookmark this page if you’re doing industry research.
For easy navigation, we tried to list them based on the latest drone company ranking.
Syma Toys is located in Shantou, China. It manufacturers consumer drones, quadcopters, helicopters, and even an RC car/quadcopter hybrid.
It is best known for its remote controlled helicopters, though they have broken into the drone market with the highly popular X5C (Upgraded version) X5C-1 Explorer 2015 Version is one of amazons best selling quadcopters. Popular models include the small Syma X11 mini-quadcopter and the Syma X5SW Plus Quadcopter Drone with WiFi FPV Camera among others just introduced recently.
Ehang is a China-based company which develops and manufactures drones and aerial systems for recreational and commercial usages.
If the name Ehang rings a bell, it’s probably because you’ve heard or read about the company’s 184 Drone — aka, the flying taxi that was unveiled at CES earlier this year. The company may be best known as the purveyor of a yet-to-be-released sky taxi, but it also makes a number of smaller drones that don’t carry people. The latest of these is the Ghost Drone 2.0 — a new and improved version of the company’s original drone that’s designed for first person view flying.
The drone’s most notable feature is that it doesn’t come with a traditional joystick controller. All piloting is via Ehang’s accompanying smartphone app (Android | iOS).
If you’re looking for a relatively cheap FPV rig that doesn’t have a steep learning curve, these Ghost drone line might be what you’re after — but if you’re even the least bit interested in pushing beyond basic controls and doing more with your drone, you’d be wise to explore other options.
Representives:Ghost drone line, Ehang184
Yuneec is the world leader in electric aviation. Headquarters are in Kunshan, Jiangsu, China. With offices in North America, Europe and Asia, Yuneec manufactures over 1 million units a year that are sold under OEM/ODM brands. In 2014, Yuneec introduced the world’s first ready-to-fly, out-of-the-box drone. The Typhoon Q500 quadcopter. In 2015, Yuneec improved the Typhoon by adding a 4K camera and introducing a SteadyGrip that turns the Typhoon into an “Air and Ground Imaging Solution.” Innovative features such as Watch Me, Follow Me, and Dynamic Return Home make capturing the perfect video easier than ever before. The 2016 addition to the Yuneec line up is the Typhoon H 4k Collision Avoidance Hexacopter and selfies drone Yuneec Breeze.
Representives:Yuneec Typhoon series
Insitu designs, develops, produces, and operates unmanned aircraft systems that provide solutions for collecting, processing, and understanding sensor data.It offers systems that include ScanEagle system.It also provides field operations and logistics, flight demonstration, training, and payloads directorate services.
3D Robotics is based out of Berkeley, CA .Best known for their IRIS Plus model and now also available the “smart drone” SOLO. They produce autonomous drones with GPS way point planning and other features.
“What we realized is that it’s just going to be inherently much more difficult for a Silicon Valley-based, software-focused company to compete against vertically integrated powerhouse manufacturing company in China,” – Colin Guinn, Former Chief Revenue Officer for 3D Robotics
It really is a pity that 3DR Solo is no longer making consumer drones.The company would instead focus on enterprise drone software for larger scale drone companies like Autodesk.
Currently, if you look hard enough, you can get a Solo for under $500 at retailers, about $250 cheaper than what it cost to make them.
We’ll update the list in the next post,please stay tuned to us.