Bumpy Ride Seen for Drone Delivery

When Amazon first revealed its plan in 2013 for its drone delivery project, there was much hype, excitement and expectation. Now in 2016, Amazon’s delivery drones are still being tested, outside the U.S., and looks like it’s still a bumpy ride for drone delivery before going full speed.

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Even though federal rules released since then allow the use of drones for commercial activities, there are major restrictions—including the fact that drones can’t fly above people or out of the line of sight of an operator without a waiver.

Even if regulations soften, there are still major hurdles to overcome before drone deliveries become regular occurrences. – Read more at:

Other companies are joining in the fray.

Amazon is not alone, however, as other companies conduct drone trials around the world.

In New Zealand, Domino’s Pizza is testing drones to ferry fast food across the country. Google is offering burrito orders delivered by drone in Virginia. JD.com, the Chinese e-commerce giant, already has a fleet of drones flying autonomously for a maximum of 15 miles round-trip, to reach rural communities at a fifth of the cost of traditional trucks (though a person still takes the package on the last leg of its journey to the recipient). – Read more at:

Amazon’s delving into drone delivery aims to accomplish two goals: over the next few years, Amazon wants to add as much capacity to its operations as possible […]It wants to escape the messy vicissitudes of roads and humans. It wants to go fully autonomous, up in the sky. However, the report continues, there are hurdles to realizing this vision. – Read more at:

Thus far, of the commercial ventures that make use of drones, providing drone photography services seems to fly off easily, while enjoying brisk business. Same goes true for drones used in drone videography and filmmaking. These commercial drones are subject to the FAA’s rules and regulations.

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