In developed markets, UAV consumers or hobbyist operators far outnumber commercial operators, but the usage differs in the developing world. In developing countries, the price of a UAV typically exceeds 10,000 dollars, stifling hobbyists. In contrast, usage for sustainable development programmes is surging.
- Prices of UAVs will drop but lower-cost models will nonetheless remain scarce in emerging markets, keeping the hobbyist market stagnant.
- Job opportunities in the UAV sector in developing markets will largely be in services, including software development and data collection.
- Use for tracking and monitoring usage will grow beyond wildlife and natural disasters to observe and manage population movements.
- Drones will be very useful to developing nations in city planning and on coastlines for waste management, shipping and weather forecasting.
- UN peacekeeping and humanitarian operations are making more use of drones and this will rise.