Around the world, delivery drones are taking flight. In the U.S., this technological advancement is just a few regulatory steps away from becoming a full-scale reality. As the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) continues to warm up to the idea of commercial drone delivery, American consumers, and U.S. homeowners in particular, could face the next tech privacy violation overhead.
Amazon, Walmart, UPS, and Alphabet are all currently test piloting, patenting, and lobbying for drone deliveries. But what happens when a delivery drone appears in your neighborhood?
As these unmanned aerial vehicles take delivery flight, they’ll also be recording photos and collecting data throughout neighborhoods across the country. Homeowners will have little say over whether a drone flies above their home airspace, and also can’t control the video and data these devices record as they zoom by.
Since commercial delivery drones are an all-but-certain reality, we surveyed 1,500 Americans to see how they felt about these unmanned aircrafts invading their neighborhoods.
Our findings revealed that:
- 88% of Americans don’t think drones should be able to record on their property.
- An additional 83% of Americans don’t think companies should be able to use data collected from drones for marketing or advertising purposes.
- Those aged 18-24 were the most open to drones using data for marketing and advertising purposes.
Read on to learn more about our delivery drone survey, or jump to our infographic to learn how delivery drones work.