This article originally appeared in slightly different form on DroneLife.
In the past year, the commercial drone industry in the U.S. has seen aerial robots evolve from a novelty to a serious tool.
Like a welder or a news camera, drones are used by human beings to get jobs done. These are often boots-on-the-ground jobs that require rugged tools—think construction, tower inspections, transmission lines, and oil rigs. As another piece of equipment, drones are allowing workers to safely obtain accurate data they may never have accessed before. Continue reading →