Amazon is already testing its Amazon Drones outdoors in a number of countries which includes India and the UK, the company is still awaiting approval from the FAA in the U.S. to start testing drones.
Now it looks like Amazon may move its drone testing program away from the U.S. as the company has not received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration.
Amazon has apparently written a letter to the FAA and has told them that they will be moving their drone testing away from the U.S. unless they get approval to start their tests outdoors.
“Without the ability to test outdoors in the United States soon, we will have no choice but to divert even more of our [drone] research and development resources abroad,” Paul Misener, Amazon’s vice president of global public policy, said.
It will be interesting to see whether the FAA decides to give Amazon approval to test their drones in the U.S., or whether all of their testing will have to be done in other countries.
The FAA are looking into whether drones cause a safety risk to people in the air and on the ground, and at the moment, drone operators have to get approval from the FAA, there are less than 10 approved drone operators in the U.S. at the moment.
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