Amazon gets FAA approval for drone delivery trials2020-08-31 18:23 by Daniela
Tags: Amazon, FAA, drone
The Federal Aviation Administration gave Amazon colossus approval to make deliveries with drones that could drop off packages within 30 minutes after orders are placed, allowing the e-tailing giant to start conducting drone delivery tests.
Amazon has not revealed when or where it will begin its commercial delivery trials, but as Bloomberg points out, it does have test sites in the Northwest and in the nearby Vancouver area. Amazon has also tested drones in the UK. Still, we're probably a few years away from a commercial drone delivery service. In part because the FAA still needs to define regulations beyond the trial phase.
"This certification is an important step forward for Prime Air and indicates the FAA's confidence in Amazon's operating and safety procedures for an autonomous drone delivery service that will one day deliver packages to our customers around the world," David Carbon, an Amazon vice president, said in a statement.
Amazon joins Wing, the Alphabet Inc. subsidiary, and United Parcel Service Inc. as companies that have gotten FAA approval to operate under the federal regulations governing charter operators and small airlines.
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