Amazon’s quest for global retail dominance continues in full swing, as it gets the green light to start testing its delivery drones in the US.
Amazon has received approval from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to start testing its delivery drones on American soil.
Under FAA rules, Amazon can now start flying its drone at its headquarters, provided the person flying it has a full pilot’s licence.
The drones must also be flown at 400 feet or below during daylight hours, and must remain within sight of the pilot.
Amazon announced its Amazon Prime Air drone back in 2013, and now says it’s testing the eighth and ninth generation aerial vehicles.
The latest done can reportedly reach speeds up to 50mph and carry a weight of up to 5 pounds – particularly handy considering that covers 86% of Amazon's product catalogue.
When the project eventually launches, customers will purportedly receive their products within 30 minutes of ordering them.
We still don’t know if and when the Prime Air system will even come to the UK, but then it's still very early days. Stay tuned for updates.