Package Delivery Milestone approval for Amazon
Amazon . com Inc. said Monday it received federal approval to establish a fleet of drones and will begin limited tests of package delivery to customers in the U.S., although a number of key steps remain before widespread use of the technology will be allowed.
The approval from the Federal Aviation Administration is a milestone in Amazon’s push to use unmanned aircraft to deliver packages to global consumers. Amazon didn’t say when exactly it would begin customer tests in the U.S. The company also has testing sites in Canada, Austria, the U.K. and other international locations, although at the moment it can only perform tests involving customers in the U.S. and U.K.
Routine drone deliveries to U.S. consumers are still years away, partly because the FAA needs to complete rules for remote identification of more than 480,000 drones currently registered for commercial operations, and issue separate rules permitting drones to fly regularly over populated areas. Read more