LiDAR Drones Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The LiDAR Drones Market is segmented by Component (Laser Scanners, Navigation and Positioning Systems, Cameras), Product (Rotary Wing LiDAR Drone, Fixed Wing LiDAR Drone), Application (Construction, Mining, Defense Precision, Agriculture, Corridor Mapping), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

LiDAR Drones Market Size
Study Period: 2018 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 38.19 %
LiDAR Drones Market Key Players

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Market Overview

 The LiDAR drones market was valued at USD 74.96 million in 2020, and is projected to reach a value of USD 525.86 million by 2026, recording a CAGR of 38.19% over the forecast period (2021 - 2026).

  • The LiDAR drones market is growing significantly over the forecast period, owing to the increasing use of drones across various end-user verticals, such as aerospace and defense, agriculture and forestry, and natural resources management, mining, and oil and gas exploration, among others.
  • The technological advancements in the drone market and the rising need for surveillance are further anticipated to drive the market growth.
  • The data acquired through LiDAR drones are reliable and accurate, and thus, can be utilized for the development of national guidelines and standards in different domains, more prominently in the aerospace and defense, oil and gas exploration, and transportation and logistics industries.
  • The growing advancements in the LiDAR drones market are also offering a scope of opportunities for the market growth. Aiming at the burgeoning market for UAVs in 2018, Velodyne LiDAR launched the world’s lightest 16-channel LiDAR sensor.
  • The primary factor hindering the growth of the LiDAR drones market is the high cost associated with the equipment used for the technology.

Scope of the Report

LiDAR drones is a remote sensing technology that uses rapid laser pulses to map out the surface of the earth. LiDAR is useful when used to create high-resolution digital surfaces, terrain, and elevation models used for various business applications, such as aerospace and defense, natural resources management, and agriculture and forestry, mining, and oil and gas exploration, among others.

By Component
Laser Scanners
Navigation and Positioning Systems
Other Components
By Product
Rotary Wing LiDAR Drone
Fixed Wing LiDAR Drone
By Application
Precision Agriculture
Corridor Mapping
Other Applications (Government and Entertainment)
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Latin America
Rest of Latin America
Middle East & Africa
United Arab Emirates
Saudi Arabia
Rest of Middle East & Africa

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Key Market Trends

Corridor Mapping Application Accounted for the Largest Market Share

  • The corridor mapping application accounted for the largest market share. Corridor mapping is an important step during the planning and construction of roadways, railways, and oil and gas pipelines, among other crucial networking industrial applications.
  • Also, the US government is spending a significant amount year on year on highway projects. 
  • As highway corridors and projects are constructed with a long-term perspective, it is necessary to conduct a thorough feasibility study of the terrain on which the highway is to be constructed. LiDAR drones provide all this information by building three-dimensional (3D) elevation models of the surveyed area. Therefore, the corridor mapping and surveying application in the industry occupies the largest share in the LiDAR drone market.
LiDAR Drones Market Trends

North America is Expected to Dominate the LiDAR Drone Market

  • The United States is expected to be the largest market for LiDAR drones, mainly due to the rising investments in innovations in the defense sector. Additionally, the country has the world’s highest military budgets with considerable investments in technological defense tools.
  • The United States military spending on drones is set to reach a five-year high. The Department of Defense budget for 2018 was USD 6.97 billion for drone-related procurement, research and development, and system-specific construction. Also, an increase in these figures is expected over the forecast period.
  • Moreover, an emerging trend to collect data at higher points by flying lower and slower is widely adopted in the industry. Many of the scientists reported that by adopting this method, the system can measure the ground with 520 or even up to 40 points per square meter. This method is expected to provide an accurate and precise mapping of the object and is widely employed for topographic surveys in the US accuracy of aerial LiDAR systems.
LiDAR Drones Market Share

Competitive Landscape

The key players in the LiDAR drones market are Velodyne LiDAR, Phoenix Aerial Systems, Faro Technology, Leica Geosystems AG, Trimble Navigation Limited, Riegl Laser Measurement Systems GmbH, Sick AG, Optech, Inc., SZ DJI Technology Co. Ltd, and others. The market is neither consolidated nor fragmented. There is no market player leading the market. The industry has been distributed to various key players.

  • February 2019 - An Australian startup launched Hovermap which uses LiDAR drones that help and explores maps and inspect mine shafts underground. It maps its surroundings by creating 3D models to track its way. It can travel in very little dark spaces, even where there is no GPS available.
  • August 2018 - Sick AG launched a new range of high-precision light detection and ranging sensors. With the launch of the LMS1000 and MRS1000 infrared LiDAR sensors, the company has raised the bar in high-precision, reliable distance sensing, and ranging.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Deliverables

    2. 1.2 Study Assumptions

    3. 1.3 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Introduction to Market Drivers and Restraints

    3. 4.3 Market Drivers

      1. 4.3.1 Advancements in Drone Technology

      2. 4.3.2 Cost Effective and Accurate Geo Mapping

      3. 4.3.3 Increasing Need for Robust Surveillance Systems across Various Industries

    4. 4.4 Market Restraints

      1. 4.4.1 Increase in the Cost of Equipment

    5. 4.5 Value Chain / Supply Chain Analysis

    6. 4.6 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.6.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.6.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.6.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.6.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.6.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 By Component

      1. 5.1.1 Laser Scanners

      2. 5.1.2 Navigation and Positioning Systems

      3. 5.1.3 Cameras

      4. 5.1.4 Other Components

    2. 5.2 By Product

      1. 5.2.1 Rotary Wing LiDAR Drone

      2. 5.2.2 Fixed Wing LiDAR Drone

    3. 5.3 By Application

      1. 5.3.1 Construction

      2. 5.3.2 Mining

      3. 5.3.3 Defense

      4. 5.3.4 Precision Agriculture

      5. 5.3.5 Corridor Mapping

      6. 5.3.6 Other Applications (Government and Entertainment)

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 5.4.2 Europe

        1. United Kingdom

        2. Germany

        3. France

        4. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.4.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.4.4 Latin America

        1. Brazil

        2. Mexico

        3. Rest of Latin America

      5. 5.4.5 Middle East & Africa

        1. United Arab Emirates

        2. Saudi Arabia

        3. Rest of Middle East & Africa


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 Velodyne LiDAR Inc.

      2. 6.1.2 Phoenix LiDAR Systems

      3. 6.1.3 Sick AG

      4. 6.1.4 FARO Technologies Inc.

      5. 6.1.5 Riegl Laser Measurement Systems GmbH

      6. 6.1.6 Optech Inc.

      7. 6.1.7 Leica Geosystems AG

      8. 6.1.8 Trimble Navigation Limited

      9. 6.1.9 SZ DJI Technology Co., Ltd

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


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Frequently Asked Questions

The LiDAR Drones Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The LiDAR Drones Market is growing at a CAGR of 38.19% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2021.

SZ DJI Technology Co. Ltd, Sick AG, Trimble Navigation Limited, Phoenix LiDAR Systems, Velodyne LiDAR Inc. are the major companies operating in LiDAR Drones Market.

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