ABI Research: Consumer Drone Shipments to Exceed 90 Million Units, $4.6 Billion by 2025
With their explosive growth at major tech shows like CES and CEDIA over the past few years, the impending consumer drone boom is something not all that surprising. (Heck, the Consumer Technology Association recently reported that some 400,000 were sold during the holiday season.) But a new report dives deeper into the numbers, and offers some predictions on just how big the boom will be over the next decade.
ABI Research, which released its findings in a statement this week, reported that the consumer drone market will exceed 90 million units shipped and more than $4.6 billion in revenue by 2025.
By comparison, 2014 saw 4.9 million drone shipments. According to ABI Research, toy/hobbyist drone shipments accounted for 30 percent of consumer UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) shipments that year, while the prosumer segment accounted for 69 percent. By 2025, those numbers will shift drastically, ABI Research predicts. In fact, by 2017, the company said, revenue generated from toy/hobbyist drone sales will surpass drone prosumer spending. And by 2025, toy/hobbyist sales will account for more than two-thirds of the $4.6 billion consumer drone market.