Amazon drones have won another small victory. The FAA has granted Amazon an exemption that would allow the company to test its fleet of delivery drones here in the U.S. Amazon hopes its Prime Air drone delivery program will bring goods through the air and right to your door.
The FAA is still refining the rules for companies to use unmanned aerial vehicles. In the meantime it has been slowly granting exemptions on a by-company basis—for example, allowing drones to be used to check on insurance claims. The exemptions could help the agency determine the best way to regulate commercial drones traffic, making a sort of pilot (Or pilotless?) program.
Amazon was frustrated by earlier FAA refusals to let its program go forward, and had begun testing Prime Air in Canada. Its exemption was one of 30 the FAA granted this week, says, bringing the grand total to 128. The commercial drone future is coming. The question is how—and how soon you'll be able to have a drone fly your detergent refills to your doorstep.