Amazon Prime Air has recently been awarded the designation of “air carrier” by the Federal Aviation Administration ( FAA), which requires the firm to start testing drones for commercial delivery under a trial programme, Bloomberg reports.
Before honouring the company with the designation, the FAA, being the regulator of the closely regulated aviation industry, was sure to have carried out testing to verify the safety of this autonomous drone delivery system. Amazon did a fairly good job, though, and persuaded the government agency that they are actually genuinely capable of managing the crisis.
“This certification is an significant move forward for Prime Air and shows the confidence of the FAA in Amazon’s operation and safety protocols for an automated drone delivery service that will one day bring products to our customers around the world,” said Amazon VP, head of the Prime Air Project, David Carbon, in a statement.
Amazon is not the only organisation to receive FAA clearance. We saw the organisation authorise the drone venture, Zipline, to use drones to distribute drugs and PPE kits to hospitals in North Carolina. In India, too, we have recently seen Swiggy, Dunzo, and Zomato receive government permission to start exploring drone deliveries.
Today, for shipping drones, Amazon claims they ‘re going to use the innovative hybrid drones that the company introduced back in 2019. This Next-Gen Prime Air drones were specially designed for delivery. And now, whether you’re living anywhere in the Northwest or around Vancouver, you might see some of these floating around in your Amazon-branded package neighbourhood.