If you’re a fan of drone record or a drone commander yourself, it’s easy to consider the tech is mainstream. It’s not.
And it turns out drone owners are just a tiny splinter of Americans — just 8 percent own a drifting drone, according to a Dec 2017 study from Pew Research Center. Even yet many people don’t own drones, almost 60 percent have seen someone handling one.
As of January, some-more than 1 million people have purebred as drone owners with the FAA. That includes both hobbyist and blurb drone owners. The imperative registration was primarily instituted in 2015 but was found illegal in 2017 — it was backed in Dec 2017.
But How Do Americans Feel About Drones?
While Americans are positively apropos more exposed to drone tech, they still have churned feelings about it. The study found 58 percent of people would simply be curious, and 45 percent pronounced they would be interested, if they saw a drone drifting nearby their home. Only 26 percent would be nervous, and about one in 10 would be angry or scared.
In the past, drone pilots have been physically and verbally assaulted when drifting (even while following the FAA’s rules, mind you). One lady even stole a drone, lied a garland and tried to get the commander in difficulty with the police. It’s about a 16-minute video, but it’s worth the watch.
Security is mostly cited as a regard for many people when it comes to drone use. More than 50 percent of people surveyed in the Pew study consider drones shouldn’t be allowed to fly nearby private homes, crime scenes or traffic accidents. Police and fire departments are using drones to help request crime scenes, refurbish traffic accidents and in rescue efforts. More than 40 percent trust it’s excellent to fly drones in open parks — a common drifting space for many drone pilots, myself included.
Of course, there have been instances of people drifting maliciously and recklessly: bootlegging drugs into prisons, crashing onto the White House lawn, drifting by a moving burden sight (watch the video for yourself). But drone tech, like any other tech can be used for good, generally in science. Getting airborne well and low is assisting researchers guard frigid bears, magnitude critical signs from the sky, save fawns from tractor blades and even learn ancient cities.