In the past decade drone manufacturer DJI grew from a sole proprietorship into a company with a turnover of one billion dollars. An estimated DJI currently accounts for 60% of sales in the drone industry. But how did the founder Frank Wang managed to create a multi-million dollar business in such a short time?
During September I attended InterDrone 2016., global scale conference for the builders, flyers and buyers of commercial drones. It featured a two-day technical conference for engineers and software developers, a drone business conference and a conference for commercial drone “buyers and flyers” in more than a dozen vertical market segments. 3,500+ attendees from 50+ nations.
German concern Daimler announced that're moving to a new strategic project called the adVANce, partnering with Matternet to work on commercial vehicle of the future.
According to the published data, about 200 of their employees will work at the Mercedes-Benz new van; advancing the electric drive in which the delivery system will be fully automated.
When the van came to a destination, for example in the residential area, it could launch a couple of delivery drones to do the job, delivering small packets around the neighborhood.
As Daimler specialises in making vehicles, but not drones, they are teaming up with American startup Matternet. Together they will develop technology with drones built into a van, which will serve only to delivery within the "last mile", ie. delivering the package from the van to the client door.
In the next five years in the project will be invested half a billion euros.
Image curtiosity: Matternet
On August 29th, 2016 the commercial drone industry changed forever. That’s the day the new Small UAS Rule, aka Part 107, went into effect. Although the details around Part 107 were announced back in June, August 29th represents a critical moment for the industry as a whole since it’s the first day people could legally operate under Part 107.