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An assessment of the acceptance and aesthetics of UAVs and helicopters through an experiment and a survey

Svantje T. Kähler, Thomas Abben, Aquiles Luna-Rodriguez, Miriam Tomat and Thomas Jacobsen

Technology in Society, 2022, vol. 71, issue C

Abstract: Public attitude toward Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) has been extensively researched, frequently using surveys or experimental settings involving sound/noise. In this study, we present an experiment using visual stimuli, exploring not only the acceptance of UAVs as such but also of their interactions with different environments. The stimuli were pictures of quadcopters, either white or orange, with medical or commercial markings. For comparison, pictures of helicopters with the same four variations and a goose were also used. These pictures were superimposed over three types of backgrounds: urban, industrial, and rural.

Keywords: UAV; Acceptance; Aesthetic; Experiment; Survey; Visual (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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DOI: 10.1016/j.techsoc.2022.102096

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