Aerial drones are big business these days. It’s not only a smart toy for amateur hobbyists but also a problem-solving device for lots of industries from logistics to agriculture. Although a few years later than its now fully grown-up airborne cousin, underwater drones are finally coming of age in 2018.

“2016 marked the Year One for underwater drones when lots of startups spotted the market potential and entered the field. Two years later, their previous efforts in product development and marketing are generating results. This could signal a new surge in a fledgling market,” Yang Yang, COO and co-founder of submersible drone maker Chasing Innovations, told TechNode.

The increase in underwater drones at CES Asia earlier this month echoed Yang’s assertion. Aquatic drone displays at the show and media coverage that followed are considerably bigger than the previous years.

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Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.