For a better understanding of how drones – also called Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or Miniature Pilotless Aircrafts – can affect us in our society, we investigated up to date FAA data. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) forecasts that the number of drones flying in the skies will reach around 7 million by the year 2020.
Having said that the number of drones sold by the years 2017, 2019, 2018 and 2020 might reach about 2.3 million, 2.9 million, 3.5 million and 4.3 million respectively. Such estimates are for drones practiced by hobbyists or what’s also called model aircraft.
The number for non-model, industrial aircraft or commercial drone is far lesser. FAA predicts that these kinds of commercial drones will have higher earnings, with 0.6 million and 2.5 million for the years 2016 and 2017 respectively; 2.6 million each for the years 2018 and 2019; and 2.7 million units in 2020.
Combining the number, the total number of potential drones operating will reach up to 7 million by 2020.
Here are five reasons why drones will be in high demand in years to come: