Vice President, Rational Smarter Product Development
IBM Software Group
We have all seen that drone vehicles have grown rapidly in use by the military over the last decade. Few people realize how long this evolution has been playing out. The first unmanned aircraft were proposed by Nikola Tesla (yes, he invented almost everything cool) in 1915. We expect the military and police uses of unmanned vehicles to continue to grow as the costs come down and security increases in importance.
But, recently, the non-military, non-police uses have started to grow as well. This is a great example of not only unmanned aerial vehicles, but also swarm behavior and the analytics to leverage all the data. It is amazing to see that a swarm of drones were able to map the Matterhorn in 3D in tremendous detail (within 4 inches!). In a world where we can get a satellite picture of almost any home in the world, this level of 3D mapping will bring new models and applications of real world mapping.