2020 was a good year for the drone market in Spain.

With the pandemic requiring social distancing and adhering to regulations and protocols to keep people apart on the job site, being able to deploy unmanned aerial vehicles was something many companies took advantage of.

Even with the pandemic hopefully coming to a close in 2021, the momentum the market picked up this year shows no signs of stopping, said Irene Jimenez, the sales manager for Southern Europe for Microdrones.

“Like all technology, it’s becoming more accessible to users. As we’ve seen, drones are the same,” Jimenez said. “I think we’re starting to see the drone market with LiDar in 2021 is something that’s going to explode. I think it’s going develop even stronger, both Microdrones and the general market are growing, the prices are becoming more attractive and so I think it’s a technology that is democratizing. More end users have access to it, it’s more well-known. It’s growing strong.”

Part of that growth is thanks to drones losing some of their novelty, with users no longer awed by drones but beginning to think of them as things they actually need to perform their jobs well and keep up with the competition.

“Before we saw them as something, like, ‘Wow!’ But now they’re almost starting to be seen as a necessity for customers, really,” she said. “Businesses that aren’t including drones within their technology they utilize day-to-day are seeing the need and importance these tools have because it allows them to access better technology, to collect better information and to be more efficient and do more projects.”

With Microdrones’ Software as a Service model and the ability to use a drone for just one project rather than buying the device outright, that growth in Southern Europe seems only likely to increase.

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