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Acceptance of drones : does it matter who operates a drone?

Ahrendt, J. (2020) Acceptance of drones : does it matter who operates a drone?

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Abstract:Drones are multifunctional and increasingly used in various aspects of everyday life. Whether it is for military, commercial or recreational use, the application of drones yields many possibilities for the future. However, when implementing drones into everyday life, privacy concerns and safety issues should be taken into consideration. Therefore, this online study examined the acceptance of drones being controlled by different operators. 80 participants were asked to watch a video of one out of three possible operators (police, news journalist, civilian) controlling the drone and then answer questions about their trust, attribution, privacy concern and attitude towards the operator of the drone. It was found that the acceptance differed between the operators with the police reaching the highest acceptance rate, followed by the news journalist. Least accepted was the civilian. Further analyses showed that privacy concern had a negative influence on acceptance. The higher the concern for privacy, the less accepted was the drone. Trust had a positive influence on acceptance rates. For future research, it is recommended to further investigate the relationship between privacy concern and the operators as well as consider adding a variable “fear” to the model when measuring the acceptance of drones.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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