If you want a glimpse into what the future might look like for the use of UAVs to carry out inspections have a look at the Cyberhawk operation. Focused primarily on the oil and gas industry and based in the UK the company claims to be the “the world leader in remote aerial inspection and surveying” operating in the North Sea, Africa and Asia.
There is no question this is a powerful surveying technology in the hands of trained professionals. They certainly have a head start on the companies in the U.S. that for the most part are on hold awaiting the FAA rules.
They are looking for partners.