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How COVID-19 Impacted on Drone Taxi in Semiconductors & Electronics Industry ?
COVID-19 Impact on Drone Taxi in Semiconductors and Electronics Industry The spread of COVID-19 has entirely changed people’s life. COVID-19 originated in the city of Wuhan, China, in 2019 and has been continuously spreading all over the world since then. It has been spread to more than 180 countries. The U.S. tops the list, followed by India, Brazil, U.K., and others. As of 16 August 2021 WHO reported 226.24 million positive cases worldwide of which 4.65 million patient has lost their life to the virus. On a positive note, 204.59 million patients have recovered, and 5.63 billion doses have been administrated globally. The pandemic has put the lockdown, travel ban, and business shutdown in most countries, highly impacting the global economy. Due to the pandemic, major industries faced serious disruption such as a break in the supply chain, shut down offices and manufacturing units, and many more. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been unprecedented on a global level. It has greatly affected the aviation industry. The drone taxi market is still in its formative stages; hence, it relies on a shared flight model to make the economics work. After COVID-19, the drone taxi industry has experienced an impressive growth trajectory. Due to the increase in road traffic, the demand for drone taxis has risen tremendously. STRATEGIC DECISION BY MANUFACTURERS AND GOVERNMENT INITIATIVES AFTER COVID-19 Post-COVID manufacturers are taking many strategic decisions to get back their original business place in the market. The companies are conducting many research and development activities to improve the technology involved in drone taxis. Thus, the companies are bringing more advanced technology to increase their market share and being recognized by the clients. For instance, · In July 2021, according to INDIA TODAY, Airbus announced the launch of its new urban mobility copter. The new copter can carry 2,310 kg, the highest take-off weight of a fully electric VTOL aircraft with a distributed drive system. The electric aircraft is 4-seater which the helicopter division of Airbus manufactures. Thus the company has successfully brought forward a flying taxi for the customers · Tecnalia, a Spanish company as launched its first Spanish uncrewed air taxi. The air taxi can carry up to 150 kilograms and travel in approximately 15 minutes urban distances of up to 15 km at around 90 km/h alternating between 100 and 300 meters. The vehicle consists of an aerodynamic cabin of 1.8 by 2 meters with a door and window and four drones placed in the upper and lower part of the ship. Thus the company has come up with the new air taxi which can provide customers with similar experience to that of a car or a bus By looking into the rising demand for drone taxis, the government is also taking different initiatives to boost the market's growth. For instance, · In December 2020, according to Intelligent Transport, The General Office of the State Council of China issued a circular to develop urban air mobility (UAM). The letter urges the development of policies and standards which will regulate the industry and encourage progress. The State Council’s circular also highlighted the potential application of firefighting UAVs. Thus the government is supporting in innovation and applications of our UAM technologies, specifically for aerial firefighting IMPACT ON DEMAND The technological developments hold a promising future for the drone taxi market whereby cities are expected to adopt next-generation transportation systems using automatic systems. Cities worldwide face transportation challenges due to the increasing road traffic, which causes major problems for mass transportation. Thus due to the increase in road traffic problems, the demand for drone taxis is increasing in the market. Also, the urban air mobility program has raised the demand for drone taxis. Many companies are developing a drone taxi and transportation hub for urban and sub-urban areas to solve this problem. For instance, · In December 2020, according to Simple Flying, Boeing, a leading company to develop electric air taxis, came up with its flying taxi. The company has developed an autonomous, multi-rotor passenger air vehicle (PAV) in the Boeing NeXt urban air mobility program. PAV is an electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft designed to lead the next generation of on-demand mobility. Thus the company has brought electric air taxis which is safe and reliable for their customers · In November 2020, German aviation start-up Lilium announced the launch of the first U.S. transportation hub for their flying taxis. The companies’ vision is to roll out a network of air taxis in various cities, with an app to hail the vehicles similarly to Uber. Their electric Lilium Jet is five-seater and speeds up to 300 kilometers per hour or 186 miles per hour. Thus the company will expand the flying taxi market in the U.S. IMPACT ON SUPPLY CHAIN Although the demand for the market has increased tremendously after the corona period, it has hampered the market's supply chain. Many electronic components like microcontrollers, chips, sensors, and others are needed to produce a drone taxi. In the lockdown, these electronic component manufacturing companies were shut, leading to the material shortage. This shortage has hampered the growth of the market. Most of the electronic component manufacturing companies are from the Asia-Pacific region. Still, due to the corona outbreak, these companies were shut down, leading to a shortage of raw materials. Also, the restriction on transportation hampers the growth of the market. CONCLUSION Post-COVID, the demand for aviation transportation has tremendously increased, leading to the growth of the market. An increase in the population has led to an increase in traffic on roads, so the demand for drone taxis is increasing to save time on road traffic. The programs live urban air mobility has also raised the demand for drone taxis. Also due to the advancement in technology the customers can have safe and reliable travel in less time than the road transport has risen its demand in the market. · Also, Uber announced their aerial ridesharing service for consumers. They said that initially, uberAIR would cost $5.73 per passenger mile, which will get the cost down to $1.86 per passenger mile before ideally getting to $0.44 per passenger mile. Thus at some point, it will be cheaper to use uberAIR Thus we can observe that the demand for drone taxis is increasing, and manufacturing companies and governments are making different decisions to expand the market.
Breaking Boundaries: Drone Racing - A Sport or No?
Lately, the growing popularity of eSports has brought forth a question of whether it should be classified as a sport. Some say yes, some say no, and some say, "Who cares?". Hidden under the shadow of eSports, popularity of First Person View (FPV) drone racing has sneakily risen. It is now knocking on the doors of mainstream acceptance - previously opened only to "traditional" sports such as soccer, basketball, and baseball. It is up to the consumers to decide to recognize it as a sport or not. So, what is First Person View drone racing? The Drone Racing League describes it as such: Source: It can be noted that the Drone Racing League has defined it as a sport. With the ease in which people can access drones and its appeal as a racing sport, the growth of FPV drone racing resembles that of a minor explosion: 1. The governing body IDRA - International Drone Racing Association- has gone from a concept to having over 50,000 members. 2. Prize pools for competitions have gone from $10,000 to $1 million, the latter offered by Sheikh Mansour's cousin, who hosts the Dubai World Drone Prix. Caption: Track in Dubai, 15 year old Luke Bannister receiving the champions' trophy as the 2016 Dubai Grand Prix Winner. 3. It has gone from national races to international distribution in eight months. ESPN has partnered with IDRA to bring the world of drone racing to its viewers this coming August. . Here is the network's words in a press release: "Drone racing is currently seeing an unprecedented rise in popularity and is poised to become the next behemoth racing sport alongside NASCAR and Formula 1." With this mainstream exposure, negativity about its growth and image has popped up, like the comment below: Over twenty replies have been posted to this comment. There are hundreds of other opinions such as this, all involving its classification as a sport and its athletes being professionals. What do you guys think? Yes? No? or Who Cares?
How do drones help with roof inspections and building surveys?
Drones are not something new to the world. So many industries use drones for numerous purposes. Roof inspections and building surveys hold a prominent place out of them. Before you contact any drone survey company to obtain roof inspection or building survey services, it is better to have a basic understanding of how these opportunities are offered. Continue to read and we will share more details with you… How to use drones for roof inspections and building surveys? Conducting a roof inspection can be challenging for various reasons. However, it is possible to overcome that struggle with the help of drones technology or as they are sometimes know, UAV’s (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles). Drones capture aerial data, which is helpful with inspecting roofs with both video and images. In other words, this technology allows you to obtain detailed information about the condition of a roof. Information captured using a drone roof inspection includes elevations, measurements, and point clouds to name but a few. On top of these, you will also be able to create 3D models of buildings. Such data can be helpful for surveyors and construction personel, as they can magnify in and discover specific location information that they are searching for. They will be able to use the vast amount of data to report the accurate conditions of a building for maintenance and upkeep of the structure. For example, the highly accurate measurements and images will allow the surveyors to zoom in and see all sorts of defects and cracks that are present on top of the roof. Potentially giving reason to stop sending operatives into very dangerous situations. When all information is included in the report, it would be highly accurate. Why use drones for roof inspections and building surveys? Drones are quite popular for inspections because they provide numerous benefits over traditional surveying techniques. Let’s take a quick look at some of the most prominent benefits that drones can offer for roof inspections. • Drones can deliver a faster turnaround when compared to traditional surveying techniques. For example, it is possible to complete a comprehensive drone inspection within a few days. • Drone inspections will cause fewer disruptions to the tenants living in a building. You will not come across the need to go ahead with foreclosures of roads and pavements as well. This will not just help you to save time but can also help you with saving money. • Drones are a less expensive alternative available for diesel-powered equipment that some surveyors use. On the other hand, you can also consider it as an eco-friendly alternative. That’s because you can pick a reputed drone survey company that uses solar energy for recharging the drones batteries. • Drone inspections are cost-effective. All you should have is a drone to get the job done. This will help you to stay away from the cost of hiring personnel and equipment. • A drone inspection can provide real-time data to you. For example, the clients will be able to see footage as it is captured with VR goggles. Then the clients can provide directions on what areas should be paid with more attention during the inspection. • Drones can facilitate efficient data sharing as well. Once drone footage is captured, it is possible to download the videos and images and share them with all parties who are involved with the insurance and repair of a building. Now you are convinced why drone inspections are more effective in terms of inspecting roofs and buildings. To experience all these benefits, just get in touch with any reputed drone survey company.
Choisir un drone en toute consience
Tout d'abord avant de commencer par les basiques des caractéristiques, il faut savoir que sur le marché, il existe quelques marques de références qui sont plutôt fiables, mais aussi beaucoup d'arnaques, de produits chinois importés qui n'offrent pas satisfaction. Si c'est pour l'achat d'un drone de loisir, préférez acheter dans les grandes enseignes sur place ou sur leurs sites web. (Fnac, Amazon, Boulanger, Darty...). Voici une liste de marques qui sont assez populaires, anciennes et de confiance : DJI, Parrot, Hubsan, Potensic, Eachine, Snaptain et c'est a peu près tout. Méfiez-vous des offres trop alléchantes qu'on peut trouver sur le web avec des publicités. Ensuite, il faudra se pencher sur l'utilisation que l'on souhaite en faire. L'achat sera totalement différents si c'est pour un enfant, un adolescent, un confirmé, faire de très belles vidéos ou juste pour s'amuser ou encore faire des courses de drones. Néanmoins, il y a quelques éléments importants à ne pas négliger quel que soit l'utilisation. Taille & Poids Plus le drone est petit et léger, plus il est facile à transporter avec vous partout. Par contre, si le drone est vraiment très léger, il sera plus sensible au vent et ne pourra voler seulement en intérieur ou dehors sans vent. C'est à peu près le cas de tous les drones en dessous de 100 grammes. Concernant la taille, plus le drone est petit, mieux c'est. Les drones pliables sont très appréciés en raison de leur facilité de transport. Autonomie L'une des caractéristiques les plus importantes est l'autonomie du drone. Les drones fonctionnent grâce à des batteries au lithium dans la grande majorité des cas. Actuellement, la technologie ne permet pas de dépasser environ 30 minutes à 40 minutes d'autonomie pour les meilleurs drones de 2020. Il faut impérativement choisir un drone qui possède une batterie amovible (surtout pour les modèles pas chers). Puisqu'avec plusieurs batteries interchangeables, vous allez pouvoir faire voler le drone plus longtemps. Portée ou Distance de contrôle La portée est aussi très importante dans le choix d'un engin volant. Quand on parle de portée ou de distance de contrôle, c'est le nombre de mètres ou kilomètres entre le drone et le pilote en vol. Il faut que celle-ci offre un retour vidéo en direct (FPV) sur la télécommande ou sur un smartphone pour piloter correctement le drone sur de longues distances. Donc, un drone doit posséder une caméra ! Sauf pour les modèles jouets qui s'utilisent généralement sur une distance max de 50 mètres ou en intérieur. La caméra La caméra est permet donc de piloter le drone sur des longues distances, mais aussi pouvoir faire des photos & vidéos. Il existe de nombreuses caractéristiques différentes mais pour faire simple, La résolution vidéo de 1080p ou plus aura de bons résultats. 720p est un peu léger, on retrouvera cette résolution que sur les drones-jouets. Ensuite, un drone possédant une stabilisation de la caméra améliorera grandement la qualité des vidéos. C'est une caractéristique essentielle si vous achetez un drone pour filmer les paysages vu du ciel. Conclusion Il existe d'autres éléments à prendre en compte, mais déjà en prenant compte de la taille, la portée, l'autonomie et la caméra vous avez les bases pour choisir un drone !