The increasing demand for drones for commercial applications and rapid technological advancements in applications has led to the rise in popularity of commercial drones over the past few years and led to an unparalleled increase of the use of drones. According to the FAA, combined total hobbyist and commercial UAS sales are expected to rise from 2.5 million in 2016 to 7 million in 2020. The global UAS drones market size is expected to be USD 21.23 Billion by 2022.
Many corporations such as Amazon, Google X, DHL, UPS and the Lufthansa Group recognize an opportunity in applying drones for commercial purposes including aerial photography and surveillance, agricultural and lighter cargo operations, such as the delivery of parcels and food.
Due to outdated regulatory frameworks entailing policies which do not account for the use of new technologies like drones, the current global air transport system needs overhaul to identify harmonized regulations and standards in a timely manner to integrate innovative technologies into the public space in a timely manner. Complex challenges occur around air space / air navigation platforms, operational requirements and standards, jurisdiction and governance, safety and privacy concerns of the public and the overall integration of a new transport system into the public space.