It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s … a Thin Mint?

May 4, 2021

Girl Scouts in Christiansburg, Virginia, have joined with the drone company Wing to deliver their famous cookies to customers. Indeed, this town hosts the nation’s most advanced residential drone delivery trial, and Virginia Tech researchers surveyed residents’ responses. Writing in Issues, Eleanor Nelsen, Adeline Guthrie, and Lee Vinsel note that the responses have been resoundingly positive, perhaps as personal experience with drone delivery overcame initial speculation. But the researchers caution that increased familiarity with any new technology may also coexist with an evolving awareness of disadvantages, and more studies will be needed to chart changing public opinions.

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