Drones could add £42 billion to economy by 2030 despite lack of public support

Lack of public confidence is the key barrier to unmanned automated vehicle (UAV) or drone adoption, according to new research.

New research from professional services giant PwC has revealed that just 31 per cent of the UK public feel positive about the increased adoption of drones.

Despite the lukewarm public support for drones, with almost 100 per cent of respondents calling for age limits on the vehicles, 56 per cent of business leaders feel positive about drones.

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The report states that an extra £42 billion could be added to the UK economy by 2030 were drones to be more widely adopted, while 43 per cent of respondents stating their industry would benefit from the technology.

Despite this, 35 per cent of business leaders believed that drones are not being adopted in their industry thanks to low public confidence.

“There are clear disparities in attitudes towards drones between business and the wider public,” PwC’s UK drones leader Elaine Whyte said.

“It is also strikingly clear that the potential of drone technologies is not fully understood. The drone community across industry, government and civil society needs to change the public discourse from one of uncertainties and toys, to one of opportunity and accountability.”

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