Remember when Amazon first introduced their new drone delivery system back in 2013 and the Internet was buzzing in wonderment? But then Amazon kind of went quiet, and no new news came from that front. Everyone questioned how this would even work, especially when it came to a legal standpoint. However now news has surfaced that their drone delivery system may be approved by as early as next year!
Amazon has had to deal with several legal and regulatory restrictions from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as well as the local and municipal governing bodies in the U.S. The FAA laid down some guidelines for flying commercial drones however nothing is final as of yet
That being said, FAA administrator Michael Whitaker thinks that Amazon can get there. He is confident that all the guidelines and regulations will be finalized within a year.
Some of the guidelines so far include a restriction of 500 feet as the maximum altitude for flying, as well as a 55 pound restriction of the size of the drones. Also the FAA will grant commercial operators drone usage ability on a case by case basis, and has so far granted over 600 certifications.
There was a fear that these drones could potentially be used as spying devices. It was a legitimate concern considering the current state of the United States and the fact that it is completely possible to do so. However Amazon’s Vice President of Global Public Policy, Paul Misener, continually assured the companies commitment to protecting data privacy and that they would never be used as surveillance tools.
I’m quite surprised at how far along Amazon has come with their drone delivery system. Having my packages delivered by a drone still seems odd to me, and a bit too futuristic to seem possible. Yet Amazon is apparently a year away from making that a reality. Are you ready for the drone delivery system. Let us know your thoughts in the comment section.