According to this Construction Dive report the Federal Aviation Administration has given construction and infrastructure businesses 1,800 exemptions, almost 60% of all industry requests for exemptions —which is also almost 40% of the total 4,600 exemptions the FAA has approved, according to the AUVSI.
According to a ForConstructionPros.com’s analysis of AUVSI data, the FAA issued Florida-based construction and infrastructure businesses the most exemptions (192), followed by California (191) and Texas (166). In addition, no matter where those 1,781 companies are located, the AUVSI reported that almost all of them are small businesses with less than $1 million in revenue and fewer than 10 employees.
Construction software giant Autodesk has also climbed on board with drone technology in two separate partnerships. The first was a collaboration with drone startup Skycatch. Drones will collect data and then feed that information to Autodesk’s ReCap software for processing. And in its most recent deal, 3D Robotics announced a partnership with both Autodesk and Sony to collect job site information with the 3DR Solo Smart drone and then process it on a single platform.