Why Amazon is heading to Britain to test its delivery drones

In a new partnership with the United Kingdom’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Amazon will now be testing new autonomous aerial technology that it hopes will one day function in its Amazon Prime Air drone delivery service.

Amazon will be conducting tests that extend beyond-line-of-sight of the operator, but still under 400 feet of airspace, throughout rural and suburban Great Britain. The purpose of this round of testing is to hone the “sense and avoid” technology and provide the safety statistics needed to put Amazon Prime Air in business. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the United State’s equivalent of the CAA, does not currently allow for this type of drone testing, although with increased use of drones in both commercial and federal levels, this may change in the future.

The UK is a leader in enabling drone innovation – we’ve been investing in Prime Air research and development here for quite some time,” Paul Misener, Amazon’s vice president of global innovation policy and communications, said in an announcement. “This announcement strengthens our partnership with the UK and brings Amazon closer to our goal of using drones to safely deliver parcels in 30 minutes to customers in the UK and elsewhere around the world.” READ MORE.