Sony has raised the bar to come up with cutting edge drones. Recently, the company has unveiled a camera drone shaped like an airplane. It can take off and land vertically and fly at speeds up to 106 mph. This became possible when Sony and Japanese robotics firm ZMP worked together. ZMP is a company, which specializes in autopilot technology.
The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is capable of flying for 22 hour. It can carry up to 22 pounds (10 kilograms). Further, it uses rotors arranged in quadcopter formation to fly upwards like a helicopter.
These new drones were designed to be leased to businesses for aerial surveillance and reconnaissance missions, including “measuring, surveying, observing, and inspecting.”
Aerosense could offer services such as inspecting aged infrastructure and surveying land that is difficult to access. The drones would be piloted automatically. They will follow input from users indicating which areas they want surveyed.
According to Taniguchi, ZMP is target for $82.6 million in revenue by 2020.