From being a figment of a science fiction writer’s imagination just a few years ago, today, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have become a reality. A handful of Indian startups are working on specialised UAVs that can be deployed for everything from disaster management and crop monitoring to land surveys and aerial photography.

Aarav Unmanned Systems (AUS), a YourStory Tech 30 company, is part of this select group of young startups building UAV technology in the country. Others include Drona Aviation, Edall Systems, AirPix, Skylark UAVs, and Eazypilot. Kanpur-based AUS provides faster and more cost-effective UAV-based land surveying solutions for the civil engineering and utility industries. The company is incubated at the SIDBI Innovation and Incubation Centre (SIIC) at IIT-Kanpur.