Autonomous flying drones made major headlines last year when Amazon announced that it was developing the technology to deliver products to residents. However, many people were quick to point out that it was illegal – so much so the actual video of Amazon’s drone deliveries was not actually filmed in the US. Before such deliveries are to be made, all commercial drone use must be approved and regulated by the FAA, who have already started testing the unmanned flying vehicles.
In an announcement on December 30,2013 the Federal Aviation Administration said it had selected locations for testing drones – all selected based on “geography, climate, location of ground infrastructure, research needs, airspace use, safety, aviation experience and risk.”
- University of Alaska.
- State of Nevada.
- New York’s Griffiss International Airport.
- North Dakota Department of Commerce.
- Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi.
- Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech).
There’s no indication when the testing will be completed. The selection process for the six selected sites took ten months, so it’s safe to assume that it will take many years before the testing will turn into actual legislation. Currently, the testing sites are slated to be used until 2017.