Amazon has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to operate its fleet of Prime Air drones in the United States.
The company can now use unmanned aircraft systems to deliver goods “beyond the operator’s visual line of sight” on a trial basis, CNBC reports.
Amazon began testing its delivery drones in 2013, but stumbled to launch the service due to hardware and safety concerns.
The company notes that it has since conducted a number of trainings and submitted evidence showing that the operations are safe for the public.
Drone deliveries will be deployed to sparsely populated areas first and will only drop off packages weighing five pounds or less.
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Amazon has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to operate its fleet of Prime Air drones in the United States. Company Can Now Use Unmanned Aircraft Systems to Deliver Goods “Beyond Operator’s Visual Line of Sight” on a Trial
Amazon first unveiled its plans for Prime Air drones seven years ago, aiming to deliver goods in 30 minutes or less.
CEO Jeff Bezos had a goal to launch the service within the next four to five years, but the company faced a number of hurdles, such as hardware limitations and safety regulations.
After a few years of testing and producing evidence of the progress of its drone delivery operations, Amazon submitted another request to the FAA in August 2019.
In the request, he says Prime Air would start in sparsely populated areas and only deliver packages of five pounds or less.
Amazon has held a number of trainings and submitted evidence showing that operations are safe for the public. Drone deliveries will first be deployed to sparsely populated areas and will only drop off packages weighing five pounds or less. In the photo, a redesigned Prime Air drone was unveiled in 2019 at Amazon’s Re: Mars conference
David Carbon, vice president of Prime Air, said in a statement, “This certification is a significant milestone for Prime Air and indicates the FAA’s confidence in Amazon’s operating and safety procedures for a delivery service. autonomous drone that will one day deliver packages to our customers around the world.
“We will continue to develop and refine our technology to fully integrate delivery drones into airspace, and will work closely with the FAA and other regulators around the world to achieve our vision of a 30-hour delivery. minutes.
However, the firm notes that Prime Air is not yet capable of making large-scale deliveries, but will continue to fly and test its technology.
Amazon came all the way until the FAA approval was announced on Monday.
The company made its first drone delivery in 2016 when it dropped off an Amazon Fire TV box and a bag of popcorn to a Cambridge customer, after being cleared for testing.
Amazon started testing its delivery drones in 2013, but stumbled to launch the service due to hardware and safety issues (the photo was the original design of the drones)
A year later, Amazon showed the drone’s capabilities in the United States using video of the aerial vehicle carrying a bottle of sunscreen at a resort town in Palm Springs, California.
Once the package was removed, the drone quickly flew away.
Amazon, along with other companies, is making major waves in drone delivery, but according to Bloomberg, they are far from becoming the norm.
The FAA is expected to finalize regulations for these operations by the end of the year, which will include a framework for drones hovering over crowds.