After the enormous success of Uber, AirBnB and other startups leveraging the sharing economy model, it now time to apply the same concept to drones. Millions of people around the world own DJI Phantoms or other devices. There are plenty of experienced drone operators who make awesome films for fun, not realizing that someone nearby could actually need their skills.
LA-based startup DroneBase decided to do something about it. The company created a marketplace for drone services. The idea is simple, with just a few clicks contractors can request a pilot to take aerial photos or videos of any site. DroneBase finds someone who can do the gig, they come fly and upload the media and data needed. The internal production team then applies post processing to the footage to offer to the end customer a relevant product which might be everything from a beautiful panoramic image of a real estate to a 3D mapping model of a construction site.
Drone pilots can access and manage the details of their gigs from an online dashboard. In order to make it even easier for operators, DroneBase has recently launched a new app that aims to attract more pilots to join the community. The app provides more activities and opportunities to get paid for flying. DroneBase partnered with construction companies like Hilton hotels, Allstate insurance, Zillow, as well as real estate giants like CBRE and JLL and Keller Williams, and it now features over 1,000,000 commercial activities ready for you and your drone. The missions are quite simple to complete and the quality rules are very well-defined on the website.
For now the service supports only DJI devices which according to DroneBase “removes hardware as a variable” but in reality the startup has been backed by DJI in a Series A funding which definitely has an impact on that business decision.
DroneBase is definitely not be the “sexiest” UAV technology company out there but it created a fundamental building blocks of the drone ecosystem.