Autonomous systems are not only in demand on the roads, they are also on the rise in the industry. Companies are particularly using drones for visual inspection and logistics. The artificial senses of First Sensor regulate navigation and interaction with humans.Experts expect autonomous robots to dominate the smart systems market by 2024. Their market share is set to grow from $1.3 billion in 2014 to $13.9 billion For many years, autonomous machines have been a vision of science fiction writers, but now they can increasingly interact with their environment and recognize situations of danger or instructions – an important factor in working with humans.
Drones can also do great things in industrial inspection. For example, they could be especially useful in servicing remote wind turbines. The little aircraft can also take inventories in high-bay warehouses, check buildings and infrastructure, keep an eye on the harvest and monitor traffic flows. The market research institute Gartner predicts significant growth in this area. By 2020, industrial inspection will account for about 30% of the commercial drone market. Overall, however, the market experts at Gartner forecast UAV sales rising from the current level of $6 billion to $11.2 billion.
None of it would be possible without sensors
In addition to the ubiquitous LIDAR, drones require a variety of artificial senses to safely glide through the air. In order to maintain a stable attitude in flight and accurately control the lightweight aircraft, it is essential to use sensors that can detect changes in direction, acceleration and pitch up in the air. Here, too, technology made by First Sensor is very much in demand, as our MEMS inertial sensors use patented technology to recognize changes in pitch of less than a thousandth of a degree.
Aerial vehicles often carry cameras through the skies. The pictures and videos that they take particularly make their remote control or navigation easier, or serve the collection of optical data. This means that visual material is evaluated to aid in searching for people or researching a site. It is this "snooping" on areas with the help of drones that has attracted some criticism over privacy concerns – which is why it has been permitted in Germany only within a very narrow legal framework.
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