While Amazon acknowledged the FAA’s approval for drone delivery as an “important step”, the company continues to test and fly the drones.
The e-commerce giant has not provided details on when it expects to start using drones for its Amazon delivery services.
The online shopping giant has been working on drone delivery for years, but it has been slowed by regulatory hurdles.
Back in December 2013, Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos said in a TV interview that drones would be flying to customer’s homes within five years.
Last year, Amazon unveiled self-piloting drones that are fully electric, can carry 5 pounds of goods, and are designed to deliver items in 30 minutes by dropping them in a backyard.
At the time, an Amazon executive said deliveries to shoppers would be happening “within months”, but more than 14 months have passed since then.
Seattle-based Amazon is the third drone delivery service to win flight approval, the FAA said. Delivery company UPS and a company owned by search giant Google won approval last year.
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