EU asks citizens to share their thoughts about integrating drones into society

The European Commission sees great opportunities for drones when it comes to sustainable forms of transport and mobility. The European drone regulations that were introduced a year ago are only a first step. Work is now underway on a Drone strategy 2.0, to which industry stakeholders were able to respond last summer. But what ideas, questions and concerns do citizens have? The EU would like to gain more insight into this through an online survey.

Drone strategy 2.0

Parcel delivery and even passenger transport by means of air taxis: in the future, the sky seems to be the limit for drones and new electric forms of aviation. But what about noise pollution from all those flying drones? Where should the so-called VertiPorts be located to facilitate take-off and landing drones in the urban environment? How is privacy guaranteed? Is Urban Air Mobility a good alternative to traditional forms of mobility at all? And are cities prepared for this?

The EU would like to receive feedback on these and other questions, in order to fill in the so-called Drone strategy 2.0. Last summer, operators and direct stakeholders were given the opportunity to provide feedback (which you can view here). Now citizens and other stakeholders are invited to speak out about the priorities for the coming years when it comes to the further advance of drones and electric aviation.

It is possible to participate in the survey until January 7, 2022. You must first create an account, then you will receive access to the questionnaire. It is also possible to display these in Dutch. Unfortunately, for some questions a lot of prior knowledge and understanding of jargon is assumed on the part of the participants, but it is always possible to tick ‘no opinion’.

Report

After the consultation period, the responses will be collected and summarized in a report, which will be taken into account by the transport directorate of the European Commission during further policy-making. Also, all contributions received from the public will be displayed on the EC website.

Wiebe de Jager

Wiebe de Jager is the founder of Dronewatch (available in Dutch and English). Wiebe is an experienced drone pilot (EASA Specific category certified) and has published a number of bestselling books about drone photography and cinematography.

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