Tomorrow, May 5 is International Drone Day, and in conjunction with that event leading AI-enabled airspace awareness and intelligence firm Fortem Technologies released its consumer survey findings, revealing public opinion of a future with drone technology.
Public opinion is an important issue for the industry. Here in the U.S., discussion over the drone laws for recreational operators and calls by local governments for strict limits on flight point to real concerns over the role of drones in communities. The Fortem survey reveals what the majority of consumers want from drone technology – and what they’re afraid of.
“…The majority of consumers rank public safety the highest as an application for drone technology they want to see most– police and security efforts, search and rescue, etc.– when compared to entertainment and air taxi services,” says Fortem. That’s good news for the industry, and demonstrates something pointed out last fall by former FAA Administrator Michael Huerta: the series of natural disasters that took place around the globe last year showed the public what drones can do to serve their communities. Those verticals are growing rapidly, as public services departments realize the safety benefits that drone provides.
But along with an appreciation for the good that drones can do comes a growing fear, and this is something that the drone industry needs to worry about. “96 percent of consumers surveyed also cited concerns about the use of drones. This discrepancy points to the need for more awareness of public safety rules, technologies, regulation of airspace and drone safety and security in order for public adoption of these benefits to continue to emerge,” says Fortem.