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It seems as if you can hardly go to a public park, beach, or natural site without someone buzzing a drone overhead. All things considered the US seems pretty drone-friendly. Why, then, is Amazon going to Britain to test its delivery drones? It turns out that while the US seems drone-friendly, Federal Aviation Administration laws don’t allow for the kind of testing Amazon needs to do.

So, off to Britain Amazon will go to polish up its drones’ so-called “sense and avoid” technology, which allows the drones to pilot themselves autonomously, out of sight of an operator, and detect and avoid any objects which could cause a collision. See, the US doesn’t allow for the autonomous drone flight tests below 400 feet that Amazon needs to do. Though, that will clearly have to change if Amazon intends to make its drone delivery program work.

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