The future of drones looks promising, although some are a bit skeptical, especially when it comes to trust. A recent video showing a blimp with an Amazon logo created a division between netizens who saw it. In the video, a blimp flew over a city and released a swarm of drones akin to that of a science fiction movie. Those who saw this thought it was real – spoiler alert, it was not. It was a computer-generated video, promoting what looks like the future of drones.
Amazon Blimp Drone Reaction
While the video was fake, the responses were real. In fact, a lot of people thought that the video was a bit scary, and not worthy of trust. The word dystopian was used a bunch of times when describing the scene of the blimp and the swarm of drones. This creates an interesting issue: even if the drone industry rises and becomes more commonplace, would the population be open to trusting it completely?
Trust in Drone Delivery
A survey conducted last year revealed that more than 50% of people asked were open to trying out drone delivery for their online transactions. The percentage goes down the more expensive the item in question went. It turns out, while people want to try out drone delivery out of curiosity or for a faster delivery time, trust is still an issue.
Would one want a drone handling expensive items like jewelry or gadgets? Or would people trust drones to deliver fast food takeout and nothing more than that? Would a society be more open to drones flying around their areas more frequently, if it meant cutting delivery times by over half?
A Matter of Trust
These are some of the questions that come up as we go deeper into the development of drones. With newer drones boasting better carrying capacities, farther reach, and longer battery lives, they reach higher potentials. Is the future set in stone, with drones becoming more and more popular? Can casual citizens, with no experience with technology, trust these flying machines?