While public approval is a considered to be a crucial in scaling up commercial UAV operations in the UK, the majority of the country are hesitant about the use of drones for both commercial and consumer use.
Research by Nominet have revealed that over 60% of the general public have concerns about delivery drones and wouldn’t be happy using them, with 36% citing a lack of trust that drones would deliver goods safely as their reason, while 27% believe the potential for deliveries to be stolen is too high.
The market research from Nominet also found that 25% of people are of the opinion that both commercial and consumer drones are dangerous and could damage property or injure somebody, and show a lack of willingness to allow companies to collect image data about properties.
In addition the vast majority of consumers (92%) think there should be restrictions on who can use a drone, and nearly three-quarters (72%) support the equivalent of a driving licence for drone operators. Consumers are also calling for greater regulation, with 90% saying they want drones to be registered with a central body for consumers.
Last week Commercial Drone Professional spoke to Paul Rigby, CEO of the bespoke unmanned vehicles specialist Consortiq, who said public acceptance is key to the future success of technology.
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?”