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Drone delivery would be great, consumers say, as soon as drones crash less

The U.S. Postal Service, always an organization at the cutting edge of technology—okay, maybe that’s a biiiit of a stretch—wondered how Americans felt about the idea of mail delivery by drone, first popularized by Amazon in 2013. So it did what anyone would do: It conducted a big ol’ survey. The results are in, and … Continue reading “Drone delivery would be great, consumers say, as soon as drones crash less”

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The U.S. Postal Service, always an organization at the cutting edge of technology—okay, maybe that’s a biiiit of a stretch—wondered how Americans felt about the idea of mail delivery by drone, first popularized by Amazon in 2013. So it did what anyone would do: It conducted a big ol’ survey.

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The results are in, and guess what? Americans are pretty drone-delivery curious. 

The study is super long and covers a whole lot of territory, but here’s the major takeaways: A plurality (44%) of us like the idea of drone delivery, and 75% of Americans think their packages will be arriving by air within five years. But a plurality (37%) also fear that drones aren’t malfunction-free enough yet (read: safe) to be plying our skies with our most precious mail.

Read the whole report here.

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Daniel Terdiman is a San Francisco-based technology journalist with nearly 20 years of experience. A veteran of CNET and VentureBeat, Daniel has also written for Wired, The New York Times, Time, and many other publications

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