Most of the civilian applications for drones today stems from its military applications, namely as a payload carrier or as a remote camera. However, it is nothing short of amazing.
In the practical application, drones can be used to survey an area for mapping, for search and rescue work, or even to ensure that a place or building is safe for entry. In other words, UAVs can be used to save lives.
For the adventurous few, drones can be used to take photos and videos of extreme sports from angles people could have only dreamt of, as well as catching moments that would have only be privy to birds and winged insects.
The creative at heart would find no shortage of ideas of utilizing the drone. They could be used to shoot vacation selfies, wedding videos, and more.
Companies like Amazon are even taking it a step further by proposing to use drones to send parcels to their customers, but this has raised some pertinent issues. With adoptions come issues. As more and more people use drones, concerns arise mainly in terms of privacy and safety. With increased interest by organizations to use drones for commercial use, governments have begun to take steps to put things under control.
The Federal Aviation Administration in the U.S. considered requiring drone users to get a license, to only fly drones during the day and only as far as the operator could see them. Commercial groups argue those rules are way too restrictive. Amazon, for instance, would likely not be able to use drones to deliver packages if they could only be flown as far as the operator could see them.
Canada has had regulations governing the use of unmanned aircraft since 1996 and, as of September 2014, had issued over 1,000 permits from that year alone.
Australia has issued over 180 permits to businesses engaged in aerial surveying, photography and other work, but limits the permits to drones weighing less than five pounds. And small, unmanned helicopters have been used to monitor and spray crops in Japan for more than a decade.