The US Postal Service (USPS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) has revealed the results of a national survey examining the American public’s take on the overall appeal of drone technology.
The survey questions probed 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.
Some of the more intriguing results revealed that more Americans liked the concept of drone delivery (44%) than disliked it (34%), but a large proportion remain 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 sample used for the results 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.
To read the full report from USPS OIG, click here.
October 13, 2016