RISK: Amazon proposes a drone highway

In draft legislation, the FAA has proposed only allowing commercial drones to fly during the day and within sight of an operator

Amazon introduced Prime Air–a drone delivery service so customers get their goods more quickly–over a year ago. While there hasn’t been any robo-delivery yet, the company has laid out its vision for how drones can travel while avoiding planes, birds and buildings.

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Gur Kimchi, vice president of Prime Air, suggested at a conference that low-speed drones making local deliveries, shooting video and mapping terrain fly at altitudes under 200 ft. The space between 200 and 400 ft. would be a drone highway, reserved for faster UAVs traveling longer distances.

Amazon’s vision is much more ambitious than the government’s. In draft legislation, the FAA has proposed only allowing commercial drones to fly during the day and within sight of an operator.

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