Amazon Threatens To Move Its Drone Research Overseas


Amazon is threatening to move more of its drone research outside the United States if regulators don’t give it permission to do more testing stateside, according to a letter the company sent to the Federal Aviation Administration on Sunday.

The retailer already tests drones in the United Kingdom as well as in “other countries with regulatory environments more supportive of small (unmanned aircraft systems) innovation,” according to Amazon’s letter, which was seen by the Wall Street Journal.

Amazon asked the FAA in July if it could test drones outdoors near Seattle, but U.S. regulators haven’t yet given it the thumbs-up. Amazon wants to use drones to deliver packages in 30 minutes or less as part of an experimental “Prime Air” program, first unveiled in December of 2013.

“Without approval of our testing in the United States, we will be forced to continue expanding our Prime Air R&D footprint abroad,”…

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