California is just one example where the commercial drone industry is already taking off. Not only are established businesses like San Diego Gas & Electric Co. (SDG&E) recognizing the value that drones provide, but thanks to Silicon Valley, new California drone startups are developing new technologies and ways for drones to help us. Silicon Valley is betting big on drones, with $172 million invested in drone startups this year. That’s a marked increase from $107 million last year according to numbers provided by CB Insights. Another interesting fact from CB Insights, Northern California is headquarters for 60% of new US commercial drone companies that have attracted the lionshare of venture capital.
San Diego Gas & Electric Co. flies drones to help inspect high-voltage power lines throughout its network. U.S. farmers can now use 207-pound Yamaha helicopter drones to spray crops with pesticides — the same aerial spraying system that Japanese farmers have used for years.
Sales are already climbing among hobbyists, foreign users and companies that have gained exemptions to fly. Global sales of drones to consumers and companies are estimated to be $4.5 billion this year, up from $3.3 billion last year, according to Frost & Sullivan, a market research firm.
Commercial sales are expected to increase so fast that they could surpass those to the military in about five years, according to the firm’s analysis. By 2020, global consumer and commercial sales could be $11 billion, it said.
California is a state located on the West Coast of the United States. It is the most populous U.S. state, with 38 million people, and the third largest state by area (after Alaska and Texas). California is bordered by Oregon to the north, Nevada to the east, Arizona to the southeast, and the Mexican state of Baja California to the south. It contains the nation’s second most populous census statistical area (Greater Los Angeles Area) and the fifth most populous (San Francisco Bay Area), and eight of the nation’s 50 most populated cities (Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, San Francisco, Fresno, Sacramento, Long Beach, and Oakland). Sacramento has been the state capital since 1854.
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