Home Drone Delivery of goods and food? New research from Auterion dives into American attitudes – sUAS News

Package delivery remains overwhelmingly popular among Americans, and 64% of respondents see drones becoming an option for home delivery

MOORPARK, Calif. and ZURICH – July 27, 2022 – Auterion, the open-source company building the software-defined future for mobile robotics and powering the world’s leading drone manufacturers, today announced new data from its 2022 Consumer Attitudes on Drone Delivery report. ” Report. Auterion works with over 100 drone manufacturers and its open source applications enable thousands of vehicles, placing its ecosystem at the center of changes in the freight delivery vertical.

The survey, which surveyed more than 1,000 consumers across the United States, found that a solid majority of Americans (58%) favor the idea of ​​drone deliveries and even more (64%) think drones are becoming an option for home delivery now or will be. close future. With more than 80% of reported packages delivered to homes on a regular basis, the survey reveals that Americans are generally ready to integrate drone delivery into daily life.

A curious public anticipates home delivery by drone

Of the 64% who see drones becoming an option for home delivery,

  • 32% think it’s possible now or within 1 to 2 years,
  • 18% say within 3 to 4 years, and
  • 14% within 5 to 10 years.

The minority, 36%, has its doubts, in particular

  • 20% who think the general public or governments will not approve of the large-scale adoption of drones for delivery and
  • 16% who simply prefer it not to happen.

But a clear majority, 58%, actively favor drone deliveries, with

  • 29% say they are curious to experience it,
  • 11% say they would try it to see if it suits their lifestyle, and
  • 18% already embrace it as the future of deliveries.

As the United States emerges from the pandemic, the desire for door-to-door package delivery remains high, with a strong majority (80%) confirming regular delivery:

  • 41% receive parcels every week,
  • 33% receive packages monthly,
  • 13% receive parcels every two months, and
  • 13% receive parcels daily.
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The survey found that nearly half of Americans (47%) would make a purchase from a specific retailer because of the option of a drone delivery program.

“Americans are ready for drones to deliver their packages, and retailers that adopt and grow drone delivery programs will find themselves ahead of the curve,” said Lorenz Meier, co-founder and CEO of Auterion. “Cargo is the first instance where most people will experience the power of air mobility and autonomous systems first-hand, where drones will become a tangible, everyday reality.”

“Our support for common enterprise use cases in inspections, mapping, search and rescue and other areas has led us to work organically with partners serving one of the largest retailers in the world,” continued Meier. “Technologically supporting this fleet and its large-scale urban retail operations marks a major step forward for us and for the industry as a whole.”

Food and commodities: a new “corner store”?

With respondents choosing more than one option, the survey found that the most common types of door-to-door package deliveries reported by consumers today, primarily via trucks, vans and cars, are:

  • 39% – groceries,
  • 34% – clothes,
  • 33% – household items,
  • 31% – meals,
  • 27% – medicine, and
  • 11% – baby food/needs.

Looking to the near future, 54% of Americans were willing to consider drones “the new corner store” for easily delivering small, last-minute miscellaneous items. Similarly, half (50%) think it’s important that packages, goods or food are available for same-day delivery.

Meal delivery on wheels remains popular, with more than half of Americans (51%) ordering food from services like Uber Eats and DoorDash. A notable 40% have food or meals delivered to their homes on a weekly basis, 32% monthly, 14% fortnightly and 12% daily. The numbers show that there is a robust market for large-scale retail and delivery of food drones.

Costs and fears

When it comes to top drone delivery concerns, 43% of Americans worry about the drone breaking down and not receiving their items, and 19% are distressed about not having human interaction with their delivery person . Other concerns, with respondents choosing more than one option, include:

  • 39% – that the drone will deliver my items to the wrong address,
  • 38% – if something happens to the drone, I will not be reimbursed,
  • 37% – that my items will be damaged by travel,
  • 35% – that my items will be left unattended, making it easier for porch bandits to steal, and
  • 32% – that the sky will be cluttered with ugly/noisy technology.

Almost all of these concerns are the same people have with any delivery method and are independent of the delivery vehicle. Drone robotics offers highly trackable drop-shipping because it leverages the air instead of the ground and is more capable of precise delivery timing, which can reduce the amount of time packages are out. And despite concerns, more than half of Americans (56%) still feel “comfortable” knowing that drones will be delivering items to their homes or businesses in the near future.

“Cargo drones are now able to accurately understand the environment, communicate through control software in a common language, and predict safe landing spots in real time for rapid package delivery, as well as emergencies and other situations,” Meier added. “As traffic is jammed and fuel prices are volatile, the airspace is huge and becoming more accessible. Reduce reliance on gas-powered delivery vehicles with rugged, eco-friendly cargo drones. environment is ultimately a safer, more flexible and more cost-effective delivery approach.

When it comes to consumer costs, the free delivery service made drone delivery more attractive to the majority of respondents (59%). If there were additional shipping costs for drone delivery, the highest additional costs some Americans would be willing to pay ranged from $1-$10 (41%) to over $10 (18%) . The remaining 41% would not be willing to pay additional fees. Notably, if products arrived at home within the hour, 4 in 10 Americans (42%) said they would pay more.

And while a drone landing pad isn’t necessary, 44% of Americans interested in drone delivery were willing to go the extra mile, saying they’d be willing to purchase a permanent landing pad to ensure delivery to a specific spot on their lawn or property.

About the survey

Auterion commissioned a survey from Propeller Insights of 1,022 adults, gender-balanced and spanning the age ranges 18-65+, living in rural, suburban and urban settings in the United States. Two-thirds of respondents lived in houses, with the rest living in condos, apartments or townhouses. Propeller Insights is a full-service market research firm based in Los Angeles, using quantitative and qualitative methodologies to measure and analyze market and consumer sentiment, across industries. This survey was conducted in May 2022.


About Auterion

Auterion is building the world’s first autonomous mobility platform for businesses and governments to better capture data, perform high-risk work remotely, and deliver goods with drones. Auterion’s open-source platform has been designated by the US government as the standard for its future drone program. With more than 70 employees in offices in California, Switzerland and Germany, Auterion’s global customer base includes GE Aviation, Quantum-Systems, Freefly Systems, Avy, Watts Innovations and the US Government.

Learn more about Autérion on https://auterion.com/.

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