Drones at Our Service
Drones have been of interest over the past several decades and the level of interest, including research interest, has been steadily growing. Drones are also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). With the technological advances in hardware, software, and communication technologies, the size of drones has been shrinking. In addition, the prices of drones have been dropping. These two factors alone have paved the way for many applications of drones in many areas including healthcare, energy, agriculture, transportation, public service, search and rescue operations, and many more. Some of the applications may require a group of drones to work together as a team in a coordinated manner. Drone operations in a group environment require sophistication, being smart, and in many cases being autonomous. A deeper view of drone operations indicates that the opportunities and emerging applications of drones have a clear component of service to us. This paper discusses some of the typical applications of drones and the service aspects of these applications that they provide to us. The paper also discusses the role of artificial intelligence in smart operations of drones.