While UAVs are now accessible to all and much easier to pilot there is still a certain stigma attached to the technology and the usability of them due to their history and continued use in warefare. While drones do indeed have their military and surveillance uses, they can be found and are in fact used on an almost daily basis now within the civilian field especially in police work, where missing persons are concerned and within the media for news gathering.
For example, drones can be found on film sets as they are much less cumbersome than an aerial photography unit and far less expensive than a helicopter and crew to achieve those amazing aerial shots we have all become familiar with. On a business level it was not that long ago that companies such as Amazon and DHL anounced that they would be trialling drone deliveries to see whether they would be able to offer customers a faster more streamlined service. Don't be surprised to see these services rolled out in the not too distant future!
UAVs can be retro fitted with specialised equipment to complete certain tasks, cameras for filming, photography, news gathering and surveying, secure delivery boxes, heat seeking equipment to locate people in remote locations, even the driverless car is a form of drone. Not only are they a useful and cost effective tool for business but smaller drones are also a great 'toy' for the remote control enthusiast!
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