Amazon aiming to advance its 'Prime Air' drones program

By Reuters

Alan is the regular finance presenter on the ABC News and producer of the popular nightly graph (or two). Amazon. com is seeking permission from US regulators to test its delivery drones near Seattle, as part of a rapid expansion of a program that has sparked widespread debate over the safety and privacy implications of drone technology.

But it cannot conduct R&D flight tests in open outdoor space in the state of Washington, where Amazon has its headquarters. "Of course, Amazon would prefer to keep the focus, jobs and investment of this important research and development initiative in the United States," the company said in the letter, dated July 9 and signed by Paul Misener, head of global public policy for Amazon.

Now Amazon is seeking permission to test drones in outdoor areas near Seattle, where one of its research and development labs is working on the technology, according to a letter posted on the Federal Aviation Administration's website last week.

Chief executive Jeff Bezos wants to use drones - small unmanned aircraft - to deliver packages in 30 minutes or less as part of the program dubbed "Prime Air. " The company is developing drones that can fly at speeds of 50 miles per hour.

Read more here: Business Spectator

    

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