The uses of drones have become as broad as their prevalence—from leisure to aiding firefighters in their operations. Other potential applications of drones that have been getting a lot of buzz are aerial photography and delivery (think: Amazon Prime Air).
Chinese drone company DJI, in particular, has greatly succeeded in the drone industry most especially with the Phantom. Now, DJI is set to give drones another purpose.
The Agras MG-1 is supposed to provide a safer alternative to current methods for spraying crops ,such as small planes, vehicles, and handheld sprayers. The drone is dust-proof, water resistant, and constructed from anti-corrosive materials. It can also carry over 10kgs of product, and the company claims that the eight-rotor drone can cover about seven to ten acres in an hour.
Drones in Agriculture
Although this news may not hold great significance for people outside of the agriculture industry, it is for the general drone industry. Ultimately, agriculture is expected to become one of the biggest verticals for drones.
The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International predicts that agriculture drones could eventually account for 80% of the total commercial drone market. Drones with cameras can be used to monitor crops for diseases other negative signs, like drought.
However, for this to succeed, companies need to find a way to make their drones attractive to farmers. For DJI, although the Agras MG-1 reduces the amount of time workers are exposed to chemicals, it covers less ground and is more expensive than current methods for spraying pesticides.