Americans have started to expect more from drones and what they can do for public safety, according to new national data.
The report by Cape, a cloud platform for drone telepresence and data management, revealed that nearly three in four Americans support law enforcement’s use of drones to improve community safety.
Called Superheroes in the Sky, the report also uncovered a major gap in consumer drone knowledge, and the impact of education on driving support and adoption in the US.
Chris Rittler, CEO of Cape, said: “Safety concerns are on the rise and consumers expect their local law enforcement and public safety agencies to leverage the very best tools and technology to keep them safe.”
He added: “Today, drones are among the most powerful tools for providing law enforcement and first response agencies with access to the aerial visibility and intelligence needed to ensure the safety of first responders, local residents and visitors. Americans understand that technology, responsibly used, will increase safety for them and their communities. The agencies that fully leverage these critical tools will be leading the way when it comes to keeping our country safe.”
However, while Americans are ready to embrace drones as a tool for improving public safety, the study discovered a major gap in consumer drone knowledge, with 55% of Americans admitting they know very little about drones, and 76% saying they view them as toys.