USA gives green light to drone delivery test program

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Flirtey said in a statement that it and government partners "will now have access to fast-tracked regulatory approvals as they work to expand lifesaving drone delivery operations". In the first three years of drone integration, it is predicted that more than 70,000 jobs will be created in the USA with an economic impact of more than $13.6 billion.

Lawrence provided committee members with information about FAA efforts to enhance UAS airspace authorization and traffic management through the nationwide beta test of the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC), which allows drone operators to request and receive real-time authorization from the agency.

Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., that it will be hard for the United States to establish global drone craft technology and market leadership unless a remote ID requirement is put in place.

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Amazon, which has worked with the FAA on policy as it has tested drone technology around the world, said the fate of its applications was unfortunate, but it was focused on developing safe operations for drones.

China's SZ DJI Technology Co Ltd said it submitted about a dozen applications.

The UAS Integration Pilot Program will help tackle the most significant challenges to integrating drones into the national airspace and will reduce risks to public safety and security.

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"Apple is committed to protecting people's privacy, including processing this data to blur faces and license plates prior to publication", said the tech giant to Reuters as a response to queries around usage of drones for Apple Maps.

Flirtey previously partnered with emergency medical services provider Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority to launch the first drone delivery service for automated external defibrillators in the U.S. Now, the vision is to deliver packages using drones with its customers, which include FedEx, 7-Eleven and Domino's Pizza Inc., ultimately bringing drone delivery to homes across America. Current rules prohibit nighttime drone flights or operations over people without a waiver from the FAA.

Earlier, the department confirmed it had sent two planned rules to the White House to regulate the increased use of unmanned aerial vehicles. After both are formally proposed, it could take months before they are finalized. Several incidents around major airports have involved drones getting close to aircraft.

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Apple is one of a number of big companies seeking permission to be part of a new US drone testing program, launched by President Donald Trump previous year.

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