Autonomous drone deliveries are coming to the USA, without Amazon

Apple drone

Apple drone

The pilot program is planned at making data to help the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in making regulations and rules to securely incorporate drones at scale.

The current legislation lags behind the technology in many countries, including the United States and the UK, with most novel uses ruled out by regulations that prohibit the flying of drones over people and out of the line of sight. After both are formally proposed, it would take months or even more than a year before they are finalized. Several incidents around major airports have involved drones getting close to aircraft.

The 10 winning drone pilot projects by Transportation Department of the U.S.do not comprise China's DJI and Amazon.com Inc.

The helicopter landed safely but a 1-1/2 inch (3.8 cm) dent was found on the leading edge of one of its four main rotor blades and parts of the drone were found lodged in its engine oil cooler fan.

While the Transportation Department approvals were limited to 10 new test programs, the government plans to dramatically expand similar demonstrations, Earl Lawrence, the director of the agency's drone integration office, told senators at a hearing on Tuesday.

Among the winners in a nationwide competition is a group including Virginia Tech, which will work with Project Wing - part of Google's parent company Alphabet - Intel, AT&T and other firms on delivering packages, power-line inspections and emergency management operations.

It is said to also involve companies that intend to test drones for delivering packages, environmental monitoring, precision agriculture, pipeline oversight, and for various uses at airports. A North Carolina Department of Transportation's spokesperson claimed that Apple Inc.is amongst its associates.

The FAA now issues waivers from those regulations, but does not have a broader rule to allow widespread commercial deployment of drones under the circumstances most companies would need to operate.

The UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) Integration Pilot Program is created to tackle some of the challenges of integrating drones into national airspace, particularly how to reduce risks to public safety.

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In December 8th 2016 Patently Apple posted a report titled "Apple Invents an Improved Graphics System for Gaming or Possibly an Autonomous Drone Device".

"So I am a property owner that lives in rural America, and one of these damn drones is flying over my house".

"It is the future and we need to grab hold of it", Brockman said.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems will deliver small aircraft parts, inspect aircrafts, and boost security.

More than one million drones and 90,000 pilots are now registered with the FAA.

A second notice said the agency is pursuing a regulatory rollback that "would provide relief from certain operational restrictions" on drones flying over people, a key goal of industry.

"The enthusiastic response to our request for applications demonstrated the many innovative technological and operational solutions already on the horizon", said United States transportation secretary Elaine Chao.

The USDOT announced 10 test projects that will allow companies including Alphabet, FedEx, and Uber to test the unmanned aircrafts across the country.

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