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Amazon Begins Testing Delivery Drones in the UK

Soon, your next package from Amazon.co.uk could be delivered by an unmanned drone, that is if Amazon’s recent trails in the UK are a success.

Today, Amazon has revealed that it’s working with the UK government to expand trials of its delivery drones to cover various scenarios. In collaboration with the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Amazon plan to run a number of tests including some which fly beyond the line of sight in rural and suburban areas, some which will test the drone’s ability to identify and avoid obstacles, and much more.

If these trials are successful, it’ll not only help Amazon, but other businesses too, as it’ll help the development for policies and regulations regarding the use of unmanned drones for commercial purposes.

“Using small drones for the delivery of parcels will improve customer experience, create new jobs in a rapidly growing industry, and pioneer new sustainable delivery methods to meet future demand,” said Paul Misener, Amazon’s Vice President of Global Innovation Policy and Communications. “The UK is charting a path forward for drone technology that will benefit consumers, industry and society.”

The reason for the move to the UK is likely due to Amazon’s struggle with the US Federal Aviation Authority, who has recently added a few new regulations to the use of drones. Among others, these new regulations includes one which requires that all drones must remain in light of sight by the operator – making Amazon’s delivery drones an impossibility.

Here’s hoping things go well in the UK.