Amazon has asked the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for an exemption from rules prohibiting the use of drones for commercial purposes. With this request, the company has signaled that they are serious about transitioning the idea of thirty minute Prime Air deliveries from concept to reality.
Current FAA rules restrict commercial use of drones, and Amazon is seeking an exemption from those rules so the company can conduct additional research and development of their Prime Air concept. The company claims to have made rapid developments in its Prime Air program by testing their drones inside their research and development lab in Seattle. Now, the shopping giant wants the ability to safely innovate and to do, in their words “what thousands of hobbyists and manufacturers of model aircraft do every day.”
Here are six things you need to know about Amazon’s request to fly drones:
- If the FAA grants Amazon an exemption, it does not mean Amazon drones will be flying down your street.
- Amazon claims their drone technology has advanced significantly in just five months
- Amazon wants to innovate and knows that it can’t under the FAA’s burdensome regulatory regime.
- Amazon plans to self-regulate, with procedures that exceed current FAA rules for model aircraft.
- Amazon plans to use technology to keep their operations safe.
- If the FAA doesn’t grant Amazon’s request, the company will move their drone research operations outside of the U.S.
Source : Greg S. Mc Neal, Forbes