Drones have spread their utility across various industries and unmanned aerial vehicles are now being used for non-military purposes as well, such as, oil and gas pipeline surveillance, wind mill monitoring, and crime surveillance. This phenomenon has definitely changed the industrial scenario globally, but on the other hand this has led to an increase in air traffic. To tackle the problem of air traffic, the demand of UAV sense and avoid system has escalated over a few years, which prevents drones from colliding with each other, or heading towards other obstacles, causing collateral damage.
To enhance the safety of civil airspace, several governments are contemplating to mandate sense and avoid system in UAVs. The global UAV sense and avoid system was able to generate $41.52 million in 2015, in terms of value. The number of UAVs is increasing at a rapid pace, with the expansion of this industry into commercial businesses, and this has propelled the growth of UAV sense and avoid system market, which is expected to show a significant growth rate during 2016 to 2022.
With governments mandating the use of sense and avoid systems due to increasing number of drones in defense and commercial industry, the market players are investing in research and development of advanced autonomous sense and avoid systems. Market players are utilizing this opportunity to develop and launch efficient systems, although some systems are still under testing phase. Beside these factors which are positively influencing the market, factors such as high cost of components and size constraints of some of the components of sense and avoid system are acting as constraints for the growth of the market.
UAV has expanded its utilization within military and non-military application. In military application, it is used for myriads of operations such as armed force mission, border surveillance, and disaster relief, among others. Non-military applications, such as homeland security, environmental monitoring, aerial mapping and surveillance and other commercial applications, are utilizing the UAVs in a large number, and some of these mentioned application mandates the use of sense and avoid system to avoid collision, especially in operations carried out in confined environments.
The emerging technology of sense and avoid system use cooperative and non-cooperative or a combination of both to attain high efficiency and optimum results. High efficiency is achieved due to the presence of different components in these technologies, such as radar, LiDAR, Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (T-CAS), Automatic Dependant Surveillance Broadcast, and sonar among others. Presently, cooperative technologies hold the largest share in the market owing to their high precision and greater reliability as compared to non-cooperative technology.
Just as in many technological market, North America stands at the forefront of UAV sense and avoid system market in terms of revenue generation, closely followed by Europe. Since most of the new and established players in this industry are from North America, the growth of UAV sense and avoid market in North America is expected to be at the highest rate of 10.48% in the period of 2016 to 2022.
Many start-ups like Dronomy, Echodyne, and Aerialtronics are testing sense and avoid systems and have been successful in their recent tests, as Echodyne positively tested its new radar technology which successfully detects and avoid objects from up to 1.9 miles. BIS Research has compiled an extensive market research report on ‘Global UAV Sense and Avoid Systems Market – Analysis & Forecast: 2016-2022’. The market analysis report provides an in-depth analysis of the key development strategies, marketing strategies and market trend dynamics which includes drivers, restraints and opportunities prevailing in the industry.
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