EXCLUSIVE: Public acceptance is key to future success of technology, claims Consortiq

Negative public perceptions of automated, unmanned systems have been cited as one of the biggest challenges in bringing new technology to market, it has been claimed.

Paul Rigby, CEO of bespoke unmanned vehicles specialist Consortiq, told Commercial Drone Professional that the unmanned technology that will shape the future of the robotic revolution is ready now, but public scepticism is causing delays for drone companies.

According to Rigby, the public would be more accepting of the robotic revolution if there were changes in regulations.

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He told CDP: “Flying cars are real, they’re happening, flying taxis are going to make it onto our streets in the new future. The technology exists, what we don’t have is the public acceptance because we don’t really have the right regulatory framework for them to operate.

“If we want the public to accept it, what does that regulatory framework look like? How do we get it accepted?”

While the CEO acknowledges the industry’s need for regulations, he also believes that the one-to-many approach that is currently in place acts as a barrier for drone operators.

“I think that’s going to be one of the biggest challenges going forward because, again, in the sense of a drone operator,” he added.

Rigby concluded: “You may have to ask for permission from the CAA and they can give you that permission but the same drone operator may have to request permission off the local authority, the police might be involved, it might impact other stakeholders who want to understand how you’re operating in relation to their property, and that really slows things down.”

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