Drones in the Transport System: Acceptability and Integration

A report published by the International Transport Forum. This report presents policy options for the successful integration of drones into the transport system. How can countries reap the benefits of drone transport while limiting risks? The report examines concerns about the acceptability, efficiency and sustainability of drone transport.

The analysis covers passenger and freight drones with different payloads and ranges, and also addresses other drone uses that support the transport sector.

The ITF Working Group “Drones in the Transport System: Acceptability and Integration” examines how drones can become an accepted and integral part of a future transport system.

Drones present new opportunities for civil, commercial or leisure uses, and surveys indicate public support for them. Concerns about privacy, the environment, safety and security also exist, however. To maximise benefits and minimise risks, existing rules will need to be reviewed and new rules set.

Current regulation of drones is often restrictive, thus hampering new developments. In other cases it is lagging behind technological advances, causing reluctance among potential adopters. To smoothly integrate drones into the overall transport system and ensure citizens’ acceptance, governments must have good visibility of the rapidly developing concepts for drone designs and drone services.

To inform policy decisions, the Working Group will consider the use of drones for both freight and passenger transport, with small and large payloads. It will also address their potential to improve the transport system in support roles for logistics, monitoring, maintenance or emergency services.

About the International Transport Forum

Who we are
The International Transport Forum at the OECD is an intergovernmental organisation with 62 member countries. It acts as a think tank for transport policy and organises the Annual Summit of transport ministers. ITF is the only global body that covers all transport modes. The ITF is administratively integrated with the OECD, yet politically autonomous.

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The ITF works for transport policies that improve peoples’ lives. Our mission is to foster a deeper understanding of the role of transport in economic growth, environmental sustainability and social inclusion and to raise the public profile of transport policy.

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The ITF organises global dialogue for better transport. We act as a platform for discussion and pre-negotiation of policy issues across all transport modes. We analyse trends, share knowledge and promote exchange among transport decision-makers and civil society. The ITF’s Annual Summit is the world’s largest gathering of transport ministers and the leading global platform for dialogue on transport policy.

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