FAA drone testing program takes off in 10 cities

FAA drone testing program takes off in 10 cities

Each matches drone companies and state or local governments willing to shoulder some of the responsibilities for developing the technology.

The Federal Aviation Authority has previously had extremely tight rules about the use of drones. Myers, Fla.; and the Memphis airport.

AirMap is working with Reno and the three transportation departments, along with San Diego and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

Startup Flirtey, which successfully made the first U.S. drone delivery in 2015, will use UAVs to deliver medical supplies for victims of cardiac arrests in Nevada and also track mosquitoes in Florida.

FedEx ranks No. 2 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest North American for-hire carriers.

Alphabet's Project Wing will deliver packages in Virginia.

"There's a lot of excitement", said Lisa Ellman, a partner in the Washington office of law firm Hogan Lovells, who represents companies in the industry. Apple will apparently be a partner in North Carolina's program and thinking of using drones to seize aerial images to improve Apple Maps services.

Major tech and aerospace companies such as Amazon.com, Apple, Intel, Qualcomm and also air bus are faking to take part in a new slate of drone tests that the unitedstates is set to announce on Wednesday, folks knowledgeable about the matter told Reuters.

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Over the next two and a half years, the awardees will collect a wide variety of drone data, helping the FAA "craft new enabling rules that allow more complex low-altitude operations, identify ways to balance local and national interests related to UAS integration, improve communications with local, state and tribal jurisdictions, address security and privacy risks, and accelerate the approval of operations that now require special authorizations". "The program is a coordinated effort to provide certainty and stability to communities, drone owners and the rapidly evolving drone industry".

The integration program, announced last October, is created to allow state, local and tribal governments to test more complex types of flights than are allowed under current regulations.

The 10 winners will work with the FAA to update their operational concepts through Memorandums of Agreement, which will establish each parties' responsibilities and operations, and any data-sharing requirements.

Under current regulations, small drones must fly within 400 feet of the ground, operate during the day and stay within sight of their operators.

"Today is an important first step towards bringing Zipline's lifesaving drone delivery technology to the United States", Zipline CEO Keller Rinaudo said in a statement.

The startup will have to hire more people, ramp up its testing and add more features to its drones - all of which will require more money, and Flirtey will complete another financing round this year, Siegel said.

Earlier, the department confirmed it had sent two planned rules to the White House to regulate the increased use of unmanned aerial vehicles.

With assistance from Thomas Black.

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