New research from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) claims that most Americans support the professional use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).
CTA’s consumer study surveyed over 2,000 U.S. adults. The study, “Drones: Public Perceptions & Consumer Attitudes,” reports three-quarters of U.S. adults are comfortable with drone use by local law enforcement (76%), utility and construction companies (71%), and educational institutions (70%).
“Drones are making work safer and more efficient for professions such as newsgathering, construction, utility inspections and first responders,” says Steven Hummel, senior analyst for market research at CTA. “At the same time, innovations in technology have made drones more accessible for consumers with enhanced features that can turn anyone into a hobbyist or indoor racing enthusiast. The possibilities of drones are limitless.”
CTA’s study also shows 13% of U.S. households – equating to roughly 15.6 million – own a drone, which is up from 10% in 2018’s survey. The study also forecasts 12% of households plan to buy a drone in the next year.
Further, almost all (99%) drone owners use their devices for some type of recreational use, including general-purpose flying (72%), amateur aerial photography and videography (55%), and racing (23%). Small- (59%) and medium-sized (58%) drones are most common, and most owners have more than one device.
CTA also finds that most drone owners are married (56%) with children (60%) and own their home (68%). Current drone owners also tend to live in the South (41%) – especially in suburban areas (45%) – and identify as male (62%).
Lastly, keeping out of the way of emergency vehicles and operations (89%) and remaining a safe distance from people, other aircraft and vulnerable property (88%) are most important to consumers, regardless of whether or not they own a drone.
More on the report can be found here.