Amazon drones aren’t taking off anytime soon — at least not until the Federal Aviation Administration says otherwise
On Monday, in a document inviting public comment on drone policy, the FAA clarified that delivering packages using a drone isn’t legal
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The agency didn’t mention Amazon in the document specifically. But the FAA seemed to suggest that Amazon — like every other business — falls under its regulations which, they say, already prohibits the commercial use of drones.
Amazon, though, was unmoved. This “has no effect on our plans,” said Paul Misener, Vice President of Global Public Policy for Amazon. “This is about hobbyists and model aircrafts, not Amazon
Drone deliveries are strictly commercial, the FAA says.Once again, the Federal Aviation Administration has reaffirmed its policy on drones: for hobbyists only.Read Full Story
In a document seeking feedback on new drone policies, the FAA indicated that it does not want unmanned aircraft “delivering packages to people for a fee.” Even if a company doesn’t collect a fee—as Amazon has proposed—drone deliveries count as commercial activity, the agency says. And that’s against the rules.Read more.
Sparkfun Electronics held their 6th annual Autonomous Vehicle Competition last weekend, and this year was bigger than ever before. The action was at Boulder Reservoir in Colorado, but anyone could follow along (with a few technical difficulties) on the YouTube LiveStream. (Part 1), and (Part 2).
The story of the day was Team SHARC’s Troubled Child, which won the ground vehicle doping class. Rather than mess around with miniature cars, Team SHARC built their ‘bot out of a freaking Jeep, a 1986 Jeep Grand Wagoneer to be exact
The Federal Aviation Administration has ruled that Amazon and other firms cannot use drones to deliver packages.