Here we continue the top 10 drone manufacturers list.
AeroVironment has been one of the Pentagon’s leading suppliers of military drones. Its products range from the Switchblade exploding drone Opens a New Window. to the insanely popular Raven surveillance UAV. According to the U.S. Army, AeroVironment’s Raven small unmanned aerial system has become its “primary” drone system, described as “lightweight, man-portable, and operated and maintained by a single soldier.”
Now the company that made small drones ubiquitous in the military aims to make them just as omnipresent in private industry.Its latest drone Opens a New Window in a “live” eventon Facebook. AeroVironment calls the drone “Quantix.”
The ease of use suggests Quantix will prove popular among companies that are just beginning to explore the uses of commercial drones in business.
I think Quantix could be just the thing to take AeroVironment’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems division — where the company has eked out just 6% annualized revenue growth over the past three years — and lift this business to the next level.
4.Zero Zero Robotics
Founded in 2014 by Meng Qiu Wang and Tony Zhang, Zero Zero Robotics is a very new company run again by Standford educated management. The company is head-quartered in Beijing but with additional offices in San Francisco, Shenzhen and Hangzhou.
The startup has quietly raised $25 million in funding over the past two years while remaining in stealth mode. The “flying selfie stick” Hover Camera Passport is able to detect faces, flies without GPS and avoids obstacles while making pictures with 12 Megapixel. The company is using Qualcomm chipsets and Foxconn does the actual manufacturing. Retail price will be around $600 USD.
Xiaomi the Chinese mobile Internet Company included UAV’s in their mobile phone and consumer electronics biased portfolio with a sensational bang. The Xiaomi Mi drone was introduced in late May, offering solid flight performance and a 4K camera while dashing the price tags of competitors in half. The product launch in the low cost consumer drone market started a while ago with high investments e.g. into the Chinese camera maker Yi Technology.
Representives:Xiaomi Mi drone
Parrot a French company, Headquartered in Paris, is a new entrant into the UAV/ quadcopter market, its main specialty is wireless devices for mobile phones and automobiles (i.e. Bluetooth hands free kits). Surprisingly, it has seized a large part of the consumer UAV/ quadcopter market with the AR.Drone and its successor the AR.Drone 2.0 a mid- range hobby drone with integrated FPV system, controlled by a smartphone app. Their Bebop 2 Drone is an advanced quadcopter with lots of features.
Representives:Parrot AR drone line,Parrot Bebop line
SHENZHEN, China—DJI Technology Co. is the world’s biggest consumer drone maker. It’s also the first Chinese brand to pioneer a major new global consumer-product category.
It has captured more than 50 percent of the market for consumer drone sales in the US, and its biggest American competitors are dropping like flies. That dominance has positioned its hardware as the platform, with every major drone software provider working to integrate their offering with DJI’s mobile app and SDK.
They produce the phantom series quadcopters with GPS First Person View. Their products are aimed at both hobbyists and professionals. The DJI Phantom 3 is one of the best ready-to-fly video enabled quadcopters on the market and the Phantom 2 is great when coupled with a GoPro camera. The DJI Phantom 4 is the first drone features with obstacle avoidance system.The volume of new product being pushed by DJI is astonishing.Its newly Mavic Pro,Phantom 4 Pro and Inspire 2 are all powerful and innovative.
Representives:Inspire series, Phantom series,Mavic Pro