Americans are ready to embrace drone delivery of goods, a report by the US Postal Service (USPS) has revealed following a national survey carried out by the USPS Office of Inspector General (OIG).
The survey covered areas such as the most and least interesting applications of drones; the believability of claims about the technology’s potential benefits; the public’s expected timeframe for
implementation; potential concerns; and how the public would view drone delivery if it were offered by five prominent players in the logistics and technology fields.
Commercial use of drones will become standard, expect U.S. citizens
The results of the survey show that more Americans like the concept of drone delivery (44%) than dislike it (34%), but a large proportion remains undecided (23%).
Drone malfunction was revealed to be the public’s primary concern (46%), far more than fears about intentional misuse (14%). The American public also anticipated that drone delivery would be offered within the next five to 10 years, with 75% of respondents expecting drone deliveries to become a reality by 2021.
The survey included more than 1,200 American citizens from all 50 states, with an age range between 18 and 75. The survey was conducted over a 10-day period in June 2016.
Nol van Fenema