Amazon and the British government have announced a partnership to speed up the process for allowing small drones to makes deliveries.
A cross-government team – supported by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) – has given the necessary permissions for trials.
The CAA’s Policy Director Tim Johnson said: “These tests by Amazon will help inform our policy and future approach.”
Amazon said they will test how drones function when out of sight of operators, see how they can identify and avoid obstacles and check how operators can fly multiple drones at the same time.
That would be a significant relaxation of the CAA’s current policy.
The US Federal Aviation Administration recently announced operational rules, including that operators of delivery drones have to keep them in sight at all times, which would block the kind of delivery service that Amazon wants.
Wal-Mart said last month it was six to nine months from beginning to use drones to check warehouse inventories in the United States.