Amazon is looking to test out its Amazon Drones closes to it headquarters in Seattle, the company has asked the FAA for approval to test out the drones.
Amazon has written to the FAA and asked for permission to test out the Amazon Drones under their Amazon Prime Air program.
According to the company, they have been testing out the Amazon Drones at their research and development lab in Seattle over the past five months, and they go on to say that they have made significant advancements towards the development of ‘highly automated aerial vehicles.
They also shared some details on the Amazon Drones capabilities, they will be able to carry parcels of around 5 pounds, which according to Amazon, covers around 86 percent of all the products that are sold on Amazon.
The drones are capable of traveling over 50 miles per hour, and Amazon have been testing out their 8th and 9th generation drones at their test facility, and are looking to test them out in a normal environment.
Granting Amazon an exemption to allow R&D testing outdoors in the United States is in the public interest because it advances Congress’s goal of getting commercial sUAS flying in the United States safely and soon. It is a necessary step towards realizing the consumer benefits of Amazon Prime Air and, at this point, Amazon’s continuing innovation in the United States requires the requested exemption for outdoor testing in support of our R&D.
It will be interesting to see if the FAA approves Amazon’s request, as this could also open the door for other companies to also test out their drones in everyday situations.
Source FAA, Ubergizmo,
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