01 Sep Amazon receives approval to test drone delivery services in the U.S
Yesterday, Amazon’s Prime Air service was officially accredited by the Federal Aviation Administration ( FAA) as a “air carrier” that will now enable the company to launch commercial drone delivery trials in the U.S. using the hexagonal hybrid drone that it demonstrated earlier last year.
“This certification is a significant move forward for Prime Air and shows the faith of the FAA in Amazon’s operational and safety protocols for an automated drone delivery service that will one day bring products to our customers around the world,” said David Carbon, Vice President of Amazon.
With this latest certification, Amazon will join the Wing subsidiary of Alphabet Inc. as well as United Parcel Service Inc. as FAA-approved firms. Apart from announcing that it would conduct its own distribution checks, Amazon did not comment about whether or where they would take place. It is also interesting that the mainstream commercial delivery of drones could still be a few years away, as the FAA is still focused on the concept of industry legislation outside the trial period. – Adapted from Hypebeast