Drones will continue to swarm the news headlines in 2015, for good or ill, thanks to their potential utility in hundreds of industries -- and some percolating issues around regulation. According to a recent
Washington Post report
, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has 167 pending applications for commercial drone projects, with "hundreds more" expected in 2015.
Amazon is aggressively testing drone package delivery systems, insurance companies hope to use drones for inspections, and industrial concerns want to use them for monitoring facilities. Meanwhile,
are finding new uses for UAVs, and a huge market is emerging for
personal camera drones
. The skies are about to to get very crowded.
Let us know what your own predictions are in the comments below, and we'll meet back here at the end of 2015 to see who was right. Happy New Year.