US, October 16, 2014: At the recently held Geek Wire Summit in Seattle, Chris Anderson, CEO of 3D Robotics, sounded optimistic about the growth of the commercial drone market. “The military market is about $18 billion, and the consumer market is now about $1 billion, and then we’re about to see the launch of the commercial market, which I think will be bigger than both of them combined,” he said.
According to Anderson, prospective growth of the drone market in the US rests upon the Federal Aviation Administration, which regulates and oversees civil aviation, and its formation of rules for drone usage by businesses.
Earlier this week, 3D Robotics also announced the launch of Dronecode Foundation — an open source, collaborative project that brings together existing and future open source drone projects under a nonprofit structure governed by the Linux Foundation.
“Dronecode will allow companies to participate in UAV development in a more formal way,” said Anderson.
The Dronecode Foundation will encourage the development of open source consumer and commercial UAV software by building and supporting a community of developers and providing them the resources and tools to help them innovate. The ultimate goal is to maximise adoption of the project’s code for the benefit of users by developing cheaper, better and more reliable UAV software.
Source: Dronecode and SUAS News