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Amazon Left Out Of Government Drone Test Program

Amazon Left Out Of Government Drone Test Program

Amazon Left Out Of Government Drone Test Program

"We look forward to working with communities in Virginia to better understand how our drone delivery could be useful in their everyday lives".

Details were scarce, with no information on the role Intel and GE will play.

Drones will fly high over Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium by City of Memphis for inspection, public safety, and even medical deliveries.

Others including startup Flirtey, which successfully made the first drone delivery in the United States in 2015 test, will be using UAVs to deliver medical supplies to heart attack victims in Nevada, track mosquitoes in Florida and develop other new uses. Founder and Chief Executive Jeff Bezos also owns the Washington Post, a newspaper Trump supporters refer to as the "Washington Compost" because of its sometimes critical reporting on the administration.

Launched last year, the new United States drone testing initiative puts the country on the map of countries with standardised drone regulation mechanisms, a sector where USA had been lagging for the past few years. Each matches drone companies and state or local governments willing to shoulder some of the responsibilities for developing the technology. And it comes as people find more reasons to cast drones into the sky - from aerial inspections of all kinds to the Olympics.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said that drone use is surging.

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.

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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. The U.S. Transportation Department will reveal the winning entries later today.

There are a bevy of independent drone companies involved in the pilot, including Fortem, AirMap, Zipline and Matternet.

The governments selected will gather a wide range drone-related data over the next 2-1/2 years to help develop that framework.

One rule submitted would allow drones to fly over people while another proposal submitted would allow for remote identification and tracking of unmanned aircraft in flight.

"Apple is committed to protecting people's privacy, including processing this data to blur faces and license plates prior to publication", said the tech giant to Reuters as a response to queries around usage of drones for Apple Maps.

The 10 pilot winners include the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, in Durant, Oklahoma; the City of San Diego, California; the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Investment Authority, in Herndon, Virginia; the Kansas Department of Transportation; the Lee County Mosquito Control District in Fort Meyers, Florida; the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority; the North Carolina Department of Transportation; the North Dakota Department of Transportation; the City of Reno, Nevada; and the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.

Bradbury said there is no direct federal funding for the test program. "This is an important first step in the process of drone integration".

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