Besides several startups, a few operator firms came up with innovative concepts that seem to pay off. Between 2012 and 2014, $6.3 million were invested into professional operator companies. In 2015, the number increased by 700% to $44.3 million.
Given the total investments worth almost $10 million in the first quarter of 2016 and a final version of (American) regulatory framework, we will have another record-breaking year ahead of us. Drone operations – just like commercial airline business – will be the biggest market segment in the future, and it will outrun all hard- and software manufacturer both in value and in growth rate.