Only 23% Support Delivery Drones Due to Theft and Accident Concerns
Wed, April 21, 2021

Only 23% Support Delivery Drones Due to Theft and Accident Concerns

Many individuals are concerned about the impact of delivery drones on their neighborhood / Photo Credit: phoelixDE (via Shutterstock)


A recent IMeche poll found that only 23% of adults support drone deliveries, said Joseph Flaig of Institution of Mechanical Engineers, an engineering news portal. According to a report titled “Public Perceptions: Drones,” the low level of support stems from concerns about theft and accidents. News coverage involving drones also “probably played a part,” as noted by MechE head of engineering Dr. Jenifer Baxter to Professional Engineering. She added, “One of the things we have seen over the last year is a fair amount of negative press over the use of drones around airports, the sorts of cases where drones are used inappropriately… that can sit in the back of your head.” 

Noise pollution could also be an issue as drone technology becomes more widespread. For instance, if you live in a national park or the Scottish Highlands, using a drone could be a viable option, bringing noise pollution to a location that didn’t have such an issue before, Dr. Baxter explained. The report highlighted the urgency for regulations to be “sorted out.” Hence, the general public, companies, and regulators need to have a better understanding of how drones could be integrated with existing modes of land transportation. 

Only 18% of individuals aged 65-74 would be happy to receive a drone delivery due to concerns about invasion of privacy and accidents. Meanwhile, 48% of 23-34-year-olds showed their enthusiasm for drone delivery. Out of the 2,010 adults surveyed, 45% were concerned about other people stealing their parcel, 39% noted about dropping deliveries causing accidents, and 30% emphasized damage to delivered items. Interestingly, the poll also found that 35% of the participants were aware of the Civil Aviation Authority regulations with regard to using drones. 

Drone delivery could reduce traffic congestion and slash emissions from fossil-fueled vans, but many people are worried about the impact of drones on their neighborhood, IMechE chief executive Dr. Colin Brown stated. He said, “The government needs to consult to address these concerns, so people have confidence in the use of drone technology.”