Feds Finally Give Amazon Permission for Drone Deliveries in the U.S.
Good news for both lovers of tech innovation and pandemic social distancing: Drone deliveries are set to expand in the United States.
When the coronavirus pandemic came to America in March and April, many jurisdictions issued broad orders to shelter in place. Home delivery services were hit hard by an explosion in demand, and they lacked the manpower to respond immediately. Stores and delivery services such as Instacart went on hiring sprees to staff up; in some areas, it was extremely hard if not impossible to get goods delivered.
You know what might have made things just a bit easier? Drone deliveries. It has taken years for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to allow the use of drones for commercial delivery services. We’ve gone over the course of a decade from a complete ban to extremely slow, heavily regulated, and extremely restrictive initial testing.
Amazon and Google have both been slowly working on drone delivery services, as have some smaller companies. And today, the FAA finally gave Amazon approval for its Prime Air drone delivery fleet.
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