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Amazon Will 'Immediately' Begin Testing Delivery Drones In The U.K.

• popsci.com

Amazon, the massive online retailer likely responsible for half of the things you accidentally ordered at 2 in the morning, wants to test delivery drones. They want to test delivery drones so badly, they made a concept video in December 2013, and rather than just doing a one-off stunt, they followed through, going through multiple versions of the drone and even patenting streetlamp drone recharging posts. The biggest obstacle to these drone tests? For Amazon, it might be the legal limits imposed by the FAA. So Amazon's going abroad instead, partnering with the British government.

From The New York Times:

Under the partnership, Britain's aviation regulator will let Amazon test several aspects of drone technology — such as piloting the machines beyond the line of sight of its operators — that the Federal Aviation Administration in the United States has not permitted. The tests, which are an important sign of confidence in Britain after its historic vote last month to leave the European Union, are to begin immediately.

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