Online giant Amazon has received permission to deliver goods by drones in the United States. Bloomberg reports this, citing the company’s message.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has authorized Amazon to test the delivery of Prime Air goods by air. The FAA said the organization is trying to support innovation in expanding drone delivery while ensuring that the devices operate safely.
Amazon must preliminarily eliminate some technical difficulties before sending parcels.
“The approval is an important step forward for Prime Air and demonstrates the FAA’s confidence in the operations and safety of Amazon’s drone delivery, which will one day deliver parcels to our customers around the world,” said David Carbon, Amazon vice president and CEO of Prime Air.
It is not clear at this stage exactly where Amazon will test the drones. According to Bloomberg, the company owns several test sites in the US Northwest. The company has also previously tested this type of delivery in the UK.
Last year, Amazon showed off its MK27 hexagonal drone with vertical takeoff and landing. It can transport parcels weighing up to 2.2 kg in about half an hour. Delivery will be carried out within a radius of 12 km from the warehouse. The drone is equipped with a set of smart sensors that allows you to land in your home without touching power lines or posing a hazard to people or pets.
The FAA has twice issued such permits in the United States. The first was received by the Wing Aviation service, owned by the Alphabet holding company, which owns Google. The second is issued to a division of the express delivery company UPS.