#BigTech / Amazon Delivery Drones Near Reality As FAA Gives OK

[Amazon] … has won a green light from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to start using its Prime Air delivery drones to deliver packages and other items… The approval by the FAA comes after a years-long drone development process by Amazon that kicked off in 2013.

Last year, Amazon unveiled an electric-powered delivery drone capable of carrying packages weighing less than 5 pounds within a 15-mile radius, with a delivery time under a half hour.

… Amazon’s delivery drone already faces competition from models under development by other tech and delivery rivals… Alphabet, Google’s corporate parent, beat Amazon to the punch, with its drone-delivery service, Wing, winning FAA approval in April to begin making deliveries, while UPS won a nod from the agency last fall to deploy its own delivery drones.