New poll reveals low demand for drone deliveries in UK

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A new poll from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) in the UK has revealed that only 23% of adults support using drones for deliveries.

The poll was carried out by ICM Unlimited and surveyed 2,010 UK adults in August and September 2019.

Respondents who opposed drone delivery cited worries about people stealing from drones, as well as aircraft dropping their loads, accidents in the sky and the loss of jobs for delivery drivers.

In contrast, 75% of people said they support the use of drones for emergency services response, such as search and rescue operations and the delivery of urgent medical supplies.

Young people are most enthusiastic about having drones deliver their online orders. The poll found 45% of 18-24-year olds felt comfortable about the idea compared with 18% of people aged 65-74.

Nearly three quarters said communities should be consulted about whether deliveries should be allowed in their area, with over 80% saying the government should put regulations in place to govern them.

Dr Colin Brown, chief executive of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, said, “Deliveries by drone could potentially reduce traffic congestion and cut emissions from fossil-fueled delivery vans but it’s clear many people are worried about their impact on their neighborhoods. The government needs to consult to address these concerns, so people have confidence in the use of drone technology.”

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