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Majority of Brits do not think drones will be good for parcel delivery

LaToya Harding
·2 min read
A pilot flies a Phantom drone by DJI company at the 4th Intergalactic Meeting of Phantom's Pilots (MIPP) in an open secure area in the Bois de Boulogne, western Paris, March 16, 2014. Drone operators in France are required to complete a training course to fly an unmanned aerial vehicle and also receive written approval for flights in urban areas. Picture taken March 16, 2014.   REUTERS/Charles Platiau (FRANCE - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)
In a report by RS Components, 30% of those surveyed said drones were a threat to aircrafts while 20% thought they were an invasion of privacy. Photo: Reuters/Charles Platiau

Some 86% of people in the UK do not believe that the use of drones will be good for parcel deliveries, a new study has shown.

In a report by RS Components, which revealed people’s opinions on drones in everyday life, 30% of those surveyed said drones were a threat to aircrafts while 20% thought they were an invasion of privacy.

The figures also showed that 81% of people do not know where to legally fly a drone.

A drone is an unmanned aerial vehicle/aircraft that does not have a human pilot on board and therefore can be controlled remotely.

The use of drones is gaining momentum rapidly, however, there have been a number of instances where drones have interfered with aircrafts taking off or landing at busy airports.

In January 2019, Heathrow Airport was forced to suspend operations for an hour due to a drone sighting, to prevent threats to operational safety. A month prior to that, thousands of people were left stranded at Gatwick Airport because of a similar sighting.

Last year the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) predicted, in their Aerospace forecast, that there were 1.25 million drones across the world, stating that 900,000 owners had already registered with the FAA by September 2018.

RS data shows that the United States in the country with the most drone company headquarters in the world, with 461 in total. It is followed by China (50) and Japan (47).

READ MORE: Amazon's drones delivery fleet gets FAA Approval

US drone firms Trulia, Zipline and 3D Robotics are receiving the most funding to help aid their manufacturing and development.

It comes as a fifth of businesses across the world are set to use commercial drones to automate business operations in 2021 as the globe adapts to a new way of living during the coronavirus pandemic.

According to a study by research and consultancy firm Forrester, the way COVID-19 has shaped the way the consumer industry and how businesses can be run safely, means that there has been an acceleration of bringing commercial drones onto the market.

“Recent rapid growth in the consumer drones industry has sparked momentum in the commercial drone market,” said Forrester in its research.

“In 2019, 12% of global infrastructure decision-makers said that their firm owns or leases drones. Commercial drone registration took off in the US and in China, as over 1,300 drone manufacturers produced and registered more than 330,000 drones.

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