With federal regulations breathing down the neck of the drone movement, we thought it would be nice to highlight some of the cool and unique commercial uses already in the works. Hopefully the FAA will provide an avenue for some of these initiatives to move past the concept stage and into actual production. As well, hopefully the pending federal regulations will not be overly burdensome and costly. Thankfully, there companies out there that are investing the time and money necessary to bring this conversation mainstream, and to force federal discussions. Let’s look at some of the cool industry initiatives gaining ground today.

  1. Shipping: Amazon Prime Air and DHL are definitely leading the charge to create a business model around drones for shipping but other companies like cleaners and floral delivery operations have also jumped into the mix. The time and money these companies are investing will most likely pave the way for the drone delivery industry.
  2. Food Delivery: Whether it’s Pizza, Sushi, or Burritos, companies are making progress using drones to quickly and cost effectively deliver hot food to your exact location. As some as the groundwork is laid with the FAA this delivery method should be approachable by more local small businesses as well.

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  1. Inspection and Appraisals: Companies that need to visually inspect anything from planes to gas terminals are turning to drones. The FAA has even given some lucky commercial inspection companies approval to pioneer the practice for others to later adopt.
  2. Crime Prevention: The US, Mexico, Canada, and pretty much every country around the world has started to adopt police drones to battle crime in new and innovative ways. Although you may not be seeing the impact directly today, some definitely are.
  3. Humanitarian Aid: Transporting food, supplies and medicine to certain parts of the world has been a large challenge for a number of organizations. Thanks to companies like ReAllocate.Org and Matternet there are new ways to help those in need.

As of today, countries with lighter regulations are providing a great proving ground for drone technology. But demands in U.S are forcing the tough conversations. Hopefully our legislators will find a way to outline a safe and scalable policy structure that enables initiatives like these to continue. I for one am excited to see some progress, and am hopeful for the future of drones in business.