Drones being used to deliver packages to homes and businesses is probably the one way that all of us will have some exposure to unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAV’s, if we don’t use them recreationally. Public opinion about this subject has always been varied, but recent polls have suggested that many of the public do not support them and their use for such a purpose, but why? Could it be misinformation, resistance to change, or perhaps both?
Drones in the media:
It’s highly likely that media coverage of drones hasn’t helped with the public’s perception of them. When drones make the headlines, it’s usually because of something terrible that has happened, such as drones being flown near airports, or when they’re used during warfare. Were the media to report upon the many positive ways in which drones are helping the world, perhaps public opinion could be swayed. However, as it stands today, polls have shown that the younger generation are far more open to the use of drones in our daily lives, while those of 65 years and over are more sceptical. While these results may be expected, those who work in the drone industry would certainly like to see more people approving of drones and their uses within the public.
Governments and companies must help to educate the public:
There have been many changes to the safety aspects of drones over the years, both from the government and private companies, but if the public aren’t made aware of this, then it’s understandable that they remain suspicious and concerned about drones being used to deliver packages.
Dronesbeing used in other ways:
Outside of delivery, drones tend to have a much more positive image, such as when they are used by emergency response services, or to monitor areas after natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes. This shows that the public are certainly open to drones, but perhaps cautious of them being used so close to home.
If the public can learn to accept drones being used by delivery companies, then of course it’s good news for those companies, but it may also have a positive impact on the environment, since they can help to reduce emissions and alleviate congestion.
While it may be a long time before public opinion moves towards accepting drones for delivering packages, with more insight into how drones work and the technology that is used in creating them, there is an increased chance that more people will warm up to the idea, and since drones aren’t set to go anywhere, anytime soon, this can only be a good thing.