Drone Integration Pilot Program Partners Announced

FAA Fast-Tracking Work on Drone ID Rulemaking

FAA Fast-Tracking Work on Drone ID Rulemaking

Paul Anderson, executive director of the Governor's Office of Economic Development, said state officials were disappointed the statewide application was not selected. Reuters reported Tuesday that major technology and aerospace companies including Amazon.com Inc, Apple Inc, Intel Corp, Qualcomm Inc and Airbus SE are vying to take part in the new slate of drone tests. This latter point is particularly crucial for drone-based deliveries.

The unmanned aircraft industry has pushed for relaxed restrictions, and the Trump administration has said current regulations have limited drone use, forcing companies to test overseas.

Asked why the Transportation Department had not selected Amazon or DJI, Deputy Transportation Secretary Jeff Rosen told Reuters that the projects had gone through a rigorous review process.

"In order to ensure that our airspace remains the safest in the world, and to enable our law enforcement and national security partners to identify security risks, we need to know who is operating in the airspace", Lawrence said. Zipline's CEO, Keller Rinaudo, said: "Today is an important first step towards bringing Zipline's lifesaving drone delivery technology to the United States..."

AirMap, an airspace management company for drones, said it was on six winning applications.

Apple officially announced, "Apple is committed to protecting people's privacy, including processing this data to blur faces and license plates prior to publication".

Top Chinese economic adviser to visit United States next week for trade talks
Economists at ANZ said some Chinese exporters might be accelerating electronics shipments amid the tariff threats. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao at China's Ministry of Transport in Beijing, China April 27, 2018.

Flirtey previously partnered with emergency medical services provider Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority to launch the first drone delivery service for automated external defibrillators in the U.S. Now, the vision is to deliver packages using drones with its customers, which include FedEx, 7-Eleven and Domino's Pizza Inc., ultimately bringing drone delivery to homes across America. Another partner is General Electric Co, he said.

The contest drew 149 bids from locales looking to host flights at night, flights over people and other drone operations that U.S. rules prohibit.

Earlier, the department confirmed it had sent two planned rules to the White House to regulate the increased use of unmanned aerial vehicles.

One of the new rules would allow drones to fly over people while the other would allow for remote identification and tracking of unmanned aircraft in flight.

The FAA has said regulations are necessary to protect the public and the National Airspace System from bad actors or errant hobbyists.

Apple is one of a number of big companies seeking permission to be part of a new USA drone testing program, launched by President Donald Trump past year.

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