Sarah Komasová

Czech Society and drones: Experience, norms, and concerns

  • Control and Optimization
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications

Understanding societal acceptance of drones is key to their operational incorporation into airspace. For this reason, this study measures experience, norms, and concerns related to drone operation on a quota-representative sample of the Czech public and provides an overview of the situation. The findings show that a majority of Czechs already have some level of personal experience with drones and that Czechs are quite confident about the high quality of the performance of drones regarding manoeuvrability, video recording, and low noise levels. Despite these feelings, more legislative regulations and their stronger enforcement are favoured by the majority of Czechs. Public acceptance of a particular type of flight operation is highly dependent on the institutional background of the operators. The operation of drones by police and firefighters is supported at a significantly higher level. Finally, it is shown that privacy is the driving concern when compared to safety or noise in the Czech Republic. Given this, it seems reasonable to focus further communication with the public on these issues, particularly on the introduction of technological capabilities, the societal effects of drone operation, and the current legislative framework related to privacy rights and new technologies rather than on promoting drone operational safety.

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