Drones are unmanned aircraft that either operate under remote control or with various degrees of autonomy. Also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), drones are disrupting a broad range of industries. Thanks to advances computer processing power, wireless communication, GPS, inertial measurement units (IMUs), digital cameras and sensor technology, what originated mostly in military use, aerial photography and entertainment, has now found itself into a broad range of applications. Drone technology is now being used in fields such as infrastructure inspections, policing and surveillance, agriculture, product deliveries, and adventure sports. And thanks to the convergence of other disruptive technologies – things like big data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), 5G broadband, cloud computing, the internet of things (IoT), and others – new and innovative drone applications are being developed all the time.
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