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Posted by Sheryl on June 25, 2019

Whether we're on board with it or not, technology is becoming autonomous or remotely controlled. Testing is underway in various cities across Canada to fine tune the use of this technology. In this month's Insight Bytes, we will explore what Canadians think of remote-controlled delivery drones.

Amazon has been in the news quite a bit referring to drone delivery as the next level of Prime delivery service. Almost half of all Canadians have a Prime membership (47%), suggesting quick delivery is becoming expected and the norm, driving programmers to quicken the pace of development. 

67% of 25-34-year-olds and 64% of 18-24-year-olds hold Amazon Prime Memberships – suggesting 2-day, next day and eventually same-day delivery are not only worth the premium but setting the expectations for all other merchandise delivery services. Costco has introduced a 2-day service, Walmart 1-day and Loblaws same-day delivery for a service fee. Consumers are willing to pay to not have to wait.

Piloted drones appear to promise not only same-day, but within hours of your order. 7 in 10 Canadians are aware of remotely piloted drones being used for delivery, however, 59% are either opposed to or are unsure of their support to test this technology within our borders.

Some of the opposition stems from the fear of lost jobs. 23% think of potential job loss when they think of this technology. Loss of jobs was a pretty much a universal concern across all age groups 18-55-year-olds. Safety was also noted as a convert concern at for 1 in 10 however, 1 in 5 think it's too early to truly know the impact of this new delivery system.

Look up…. it’s a bird, it's a plane, no it's my detergent and pet food being delivered!

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