Flying Robot for Three-dimensional (3D) Survey and Digital Data Collections

The proposed technology is a Mobile and Robotic 3D Digital Data Collector for Detail Community Mapping system that combines LiDAR, 360 digital cameras, and GPS to autonomously collect spatial imagines in a system. At present, the proposed technology will be highly portable, multi-platform mountable, and easy to use. In the United States alone, consumer drone sales have grown from $44 million in 2013 to over $1 billion in 2017.  Often compared to the technological aptitude of global positioning systems in the earlier stages of the positioning system’s development, the frenzy in the drone market is helping them to evolve quickly to fit the needs in the commercial and consumer markets. Drones fall into one of three usability-based markets: consumer, commercial, and government. This invention targets entry in the commercial market, aiming to facilitate the management, construction, and inspection of commercial assets in various commercial settings. According to Business Insider, the global commercial market has the largest potential for growth at 51% annual growth rate by 2021.  The utility from the advancements in this sphere have allowed drones to expand to a variety of commercial markets. This invention’s combination of laser, calibration, and GPS allows it to be used for various activities; bridge inspection, disaster area surveillance, delivery services, weather surveillance, and execution of tasks involving exposure to toxins and other dangerous chemicals. These drones can also collect data to improve efficiency in other markets through surveillance of construction sites, agriculture, traffic, environmental, and inventories. The potential that drone technology exhibits, in these spheres and beyond, has attracted investors from both the public and private sector to investigate the current capabilities of drones and ways to cater their development to their needs. 

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