TOKYO — Japan this month held its first drone exhibition focused on commercial applications, with machines on display that can do everything from laying cable to checking infrastructure. Sponsored by the Japan UAS Industrial Development Association, Japan Drone 2016 was a small event outside Tokyo that had about 8,000 attendees, but it highlights the growing importance of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) here. A similar event, the International Drone Expo, drew some 9,300 visitors last April.
Major Japanese consumer brands such as Sony Corp., Fujitsu Ltd., and Ricoh Co. have entered the field recently, developing drone technologies for business applications. The commercial drone market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 57 percent from 2016 to 2020, predicts Research and Markets.
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