In 2019, the global drone software market Size was valued at USD 1,165.3 million, and it is anticipated to achieve a market size of USD 5,961.6 million by 2027, demonstrating a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 25.05% throughout the forecasted period. Drone software plays a pivotal role in the operation and control of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), providing a comprehensive suite of functionalities that encompass flight planning, navigation, data capture, and analysis. At its core, drone software is divided into two main components: the onboard flight control software and the ground control station (GCS) software.
Onboard flight control software is the heart of a drone’s operation, responsible for managing flight dynamics, stabilization, and maneuvering. It utilizes a combination of sensors, including accelerometers, gyroscopes, and GPS receivers, to maintain stability and execute flight commands. These systems are often autonomous, ensuring that the drone can fly safely and perform complex tasks without constant human intervention. Open-source platforms like ArduPilot and PX4 have gained popularity for their flexibility and extensive community support.
Top Major Companies Companies Covered in Drone Software Market are:
- Airware, Inc (U.S.)
- 3D Robotics (U.S.)
- Dreamhammer Inc. (U.S.)
- Drone Volt (France)
- DroneDeploy Inc. (U.S.)
- ESRI (U.S.)
- Precisionhawk Inc. (united states)
- Sensefly Ltd.(Switzerland)
- Skyward Ltd. (U.S.)
- DJI (China)
- Other Players
Ground control station software serves as the bridge between the operator and the drone. It enables users to plan missions, monitor real-time telemetry data, and even adjust flight parameters remotely. Popular GCS options include Mission Planner, QGroundControl, and DJI’s proprietary software. These tools often feature intuitive user interfaces, waypoint-based mission planning, and real-time video feeds for situational awareness.
What does the Report Include?
The global UAVs software market report includes a detailed assessment of various growth drivers and restraints, opportunities, and challenges that the market will face during the projected horizon. Additionally, the report provides comprehensive research into the regional developments of the market, affecting its growth during the forecast period. It includes information sourced from the advice of expert professionals from the industry by our research analysts using several methodologies. The competitive landscape offers further detailed insights into strategies such as product launches, partnerships, merger and acquisition, and collaborations adopted by the companies to maintain market stronghold between 2020 and 2027.
Furthermore, drone software extends beyond the basic flight control and navigation aspects. It includes specialized applications for various industries, such as agriculture, surveying, and search and rescue. These software packages leverage the drone’s data-capturing capabilities, such as cameras, LiDAR sensors, and thermal imaging, to collect valuable information for specific purposes. In agriculture, for instance, drone software can analyze crop health, optimize irrigation, and enhance yield predictions.
Open Source Segment to Remain Dominant; Easy Availability of Open Source Software to Spur Demand
The open source segment, based on architecture, is expected to remain at the forefront and hold the highest market share owing to the easy availability and affordability of the open source drone software during the forecast period. Besides, the closed source segment held a market share of 16.4% in 2019 and is likely to gain momentum owing to the rising demand for customized and secured architecture in UAVs from military purposes.
Drone software also plays a crucial role in compliance with regulations, especially in the context of airspace management and safety. Many countries require drones to have geofencing capabilities to prevent them from entering restricted areas, and this functionality is managed through software updates.
Increasing Adoption of Artificial Intelligence in Drones to Favor Growth
The unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones have a built-in computerized technology such as GPS, programmable controllers, sensors and cameras, and other equipment that facilitate automated flights. In addition to this, the inclusion of advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) in drone software is aiding in accurate object tracking, obstacle detection, and prevention, among others. The increasing focus on developing smart cities that include advanced features such as well-connected homes, along with the adoption of AI-based security surveillance is driving the demand for drones. This is expected to further boost the global drone software market growth in the forthcoming years.
Presence of Major Companies in North America to Promote Growth
Among all the regions, North America is expected to remain dominant and hold the highest position in the global UAVs market in the forthcoming years. This dominance is attributed to the presence of multiple established commercial UAVs manufacturers in the region. Additionally, the region stood at USD 422.7 million in 2019. The market in Asia-Pacific is expected to showcase a significant growth during the forecast period. This is ascribable to factors such as the increasing adoption of drones that are driving the demand for this software across several industrial applications such as agriculture, construction, and infrastructure, among others between 2020 and 2027.
Overall, drone software is an integral part of the modern UAV ecosystem, enabling autonomous flight, mission planning, data collection, and analysis. It continues to evolve rapidly, driven by advancements in artificial intelligence, computer vision, and sensor technology, opening up new possibilities for industries ranging from agriculture and construction to surveillance and environmental monitoring.
Collaboration between Major Companies to Consolidate Their Market Positions
The global drone software market is dominated by major companies such as DroneDeploy and Airwave. These companies are collaborating with the other key players to strengthen their positions in the highly competitive global marketplace. The other major companies such as 3D Robotics and Dreamhammer, Inc. are set to adopt strategies such as the introduction of new products, merger and acquisition, and partnership to maintain their market presence during the forecast period.
- July 2020: Aerodyne Group, a Malaysian drone software company, announced its collaboration with Celcom Axiata Berhad to develop IR 4.0 solutions that focus on the agricultural and urban sectors. The collaboration is aimed at jointly developing innovative drone solutions by adopting automation, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning technologies.