Amazon Asks FAA Permission to Deliver Packages with Drones

On Friday, Amazon submitted a letter to the FAA requesting permission to start large-scale testing of its proposed drone delivery program.

“We are rapidly experimenting and iterating on Prime Air inside our next generation research and development lab in Seattle,” the letter reads, requesting an exemption from national drone-testing rules in order to expand the trials outdoors.

“Granting this request will do nothing more than allow Amazon to do what thousands of hobbyists and manufacturers of model aircraft do every day,” the company wrote.

According to the letter, Amazon’s drones are now able to carry packages that weigh up to 5 pounds and travel at 50 miles per hour.

“In urban areas, you could actually cover a very significant portion of the population,” Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos told 60 Minutes last year. “It won’t work for everything. We won’t delivery kayaks or table saws that way.”

In December, Amazon posted this demonstration video of how the package-delivering drones would work. Watch it below, via YouTube:

[h/t Boston Globe]
[Photo via screengrab]

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