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Sony officials say they have begun developing unmanned aerial vehicles commonly known as drones.

Sony holds the leading global market share for sensors that work like human eyes. They are used in digital cameras and other devices.

Sony wants to expand the use of the technology to drones.

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Unmanned systems conference 2014 – Israel

Sony is considering the development of drones equipped with these sensors to inspect infrastructure such as aging tunnels and bridges. The drones can also be used to check how agricultural crops are growing.

Analysts say that the economic effect of drones will be over 76 billion dollars in the US alone by 2025.

According to sUAS, the new project may help Sony rebuild its finances, as its television business has been in the red for the past 10 years.