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Amazon gets approval to test its latest drones in U.S.

by Todd Haselton | April 11, 2015April 11, 2015 1:00 pm PDT


Amazon recently received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to test drones in the United States. There was just one big problem, however: the FAA had approved Amazon to test an outdated version of its flying delivery machines.

The company ultimately decided to test just feet away from the U.S. border up at a secret location in Canada, but now it has the right approvals to test its modern drones in the U.S.

According to¬†Bloomberg, Amazon is able to fly its drones up to 400 feet above ground and at speeds up to 100 mph; any higher or faster and Amazon would be breaking the rules. The new guidelines were posted earlier this week on the FAA’s site and also apply to other commercial drone operators who gain approval to test.

The FAA said that it has decided to take a “flexible regulatory approach to accommodate this rapidly evolving technology.” This doesn’t mean Amazon will start its Prime Air drone delivery service very soon, but it does allow the company to at least test how it might one day be able to do so safely.

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Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...