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FAA Stands In The Way Of Amazon’s Plan To Deliver Packages By Drone

December 8, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
It hasn’t yet been determined whether drones in flight can withstand snow, rain, heat or “gloom of night”, but they are nevertheless very much on Amazon’s mind as potential delivery vehicles. While it tests the use of bike messengers in New York City as package deliverers, the innovative online retailer is lobbying regulators to allow testing of drones as a way to shorten the time between product ordering and delivery. The Federal Aviation Administration, however, has blocked commercial drone use, at least until regulations are implemented in the next few years. The FAA has granted some exceptions, but it’s a slow process.
Shelly Banjo et al., "Amazon Preps Faster Deliveries by Bike and by Drone", The Wall Street Journal, December 08, 2014, © Dow Jones & Company, Inc.
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