Before 1 January 2018, will the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration grant a waiver allowing Amazon to test its unmanned aerial vehicles?
Amazon completed its first drone delivery in the U.K., the debut of its unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) shipping service (The Guardian). U.S. commercial drone rules were finalized at the end of August 2016 (FAA). Among other things, they require operators to maintain visual line of site with the drones (FAA, Fortune). Since passing the regulation, U.S. regulators have been granting waivers for companies to test drone delivery (FAA). 7-Eleven, which became the first major company to use drones for deliveries in the U.S.,did so without a waiver because its drone operators maintained line of site for short range delivery (CNBC).
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