There's a lot of controversy in the US about drones and UAV's. Resolving safety and privacy are no small issues, but this technology is coming and offers an opportunity for land surveying and geomatic companies to enter the aerial mapping markets.
Will you be ready when the drone mapping opportunity strikes?
Watch the senseFly's eBee Drone Maps Swiss Alpine Valley Video
Here's the youtube information about the senseFly's eBee drone:
senseFly (http://www.sensefly.com) successfully demonstrated the 3D mapping capabilities of the eBee (http://www.sensefly.com/products/ebee), its fully autonomous mini drone under extreme conditions. Last weekend, the eBee conducted a mapping mission in the mountains above Zermatt at altitudes of up to 3000 meters and performed linear landings in deep snow. Several flights were conducted to map small hamlets and valleys at temperatures below -10°C (14°F).