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Drone Delivery Competition Heats Up
Drone Delivery Competition Heats Up
Drone Delivery Competition Heats Up
Drone Delivery Competition Heats Up
Drone Delivery Competition Heats Up

Drone Delivery Competition Heats Up

Sept. 1, 2020
Amazon joins competitors UPS and Alphabet (Google's parent) owned Wing, who both won approval from the FAA last year.

Looking up at the sky and soon you might see a drone with a smile painted on its side.

On August 31 Amazon was granted approval by the Federal Aviation Administration to deliver packages by drone.  

The approval will give Amazon broad privileges to “safely and efficiently deliver packages to customers,” the FAA said.

The certification comes under Parat 135 of FAA regulations, which gives Amazon the ability to carry property on small drones “beyond the visual line of sight” of the operator. 

Amazon joins competitors UPS and Alphabet (Google's parent) owned Wing,  who both won approval from the FAA last year.

“This certification is an important step forward for Prime Air and indicates the FAA’s confidence in Amazon’s operating and safety procedures for an autonomous drone delivery service that will one day deliver packages to our customers around the world,” David Carbon, vice president of Prime Air, said in a statement. 

Last year Amazon introduced the electric drones which were designed to deliver up to five pounds of goods which would be delivered in 30 minutes.

But as of now, the company is not giving a date when shoppers can expect for packages to be dropped in their backyards.