Apple, Microsoft, and Uber Test Drones Approved, but Amazon Left Out in Cold

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Despite a number of opposing regulations, the FAA is allowing Apple, Intel, Microsoft, and Uber to fly drones for tasks such as food and package delivery, digital mapping, and conducting surveillance. Amazon, however, has been denied the privilege, who seeks to deliver goods using the technology.

A rigorous process was cited in conjunction with Amazon’s rejection, but deputy transportation secretary Jeff Rosen said there were “no losers”. Amazon said the fate of its applications was unfortunate, but it was focused on developing safe operations for drones. The company has worked with the FAA on policy before, and has tested its drone technology around the world, including the UK.
 

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package delivery will never happen. to many issues right.
first off is Lipo batteries average flight time is 17 minutes now factor in weight of package the invest cost is too high.
2nd is auto navigation no way in hell a drone can deliver to a apartments or homes without lossing connection
its a pipe dream its cheaper to have drivers
I work for amazon and a drone owner for 10 years.
 

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Wonder what OS is going to be controlling these things. Can only imagine the fun when a 10 update crashes one literally. ;)
 
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package delivery will never happen. to many issues right.
first off is Lipo batteries average flight time is 17 minutes now factor in weight of package the invest cost is too high.
2nd is auto navigation no way in hell a drone can deliver to a apartments or homes without lossing connection
its a pipe dream its cheaper to have drivers
I work for amazon and a drone owner for 10 years.

Battery life depends on the drone and battery. Quick swapping stations and drones can keep lots of up time, that also does not factor in things like fuel cell drones that have hit 24hr flight times. Amazon also does not plan (at least right off) delivering to homes. Rather they would be used dropping to their Locker program, the lockers would have landing areas for the drones to drop packages and possible battery swaps, it would also limit the number of locations it needs to fly to and make navigation easy as it would be following the same path each time.
 
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Playstation 5 launch day will be amazing for the thieves.

Not really.

They will not be low outside of landing, and landing will be over the Locker boxes. being that commercial drones are also regulated by the FAA and rules/laws are treated like aircraft, punishments are quiet high, far more than just the theft charges. You can be sure these areas have cameras, as do the drones. Picking them up off of people porches is the far easier option, no reason to expect them to try and make or buy some expensive net gun etc to down a drone that is in a very public place with cameras everywhere, when they can just go on foot to someones house and pick up a package out of sight.
 

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Not really.

They will not be low outside of landing, and landing will be over the Locker boxes. being that commercial drones are also regulated by the FAA and rules/laws are treated like aircraft, punishments are quiet high, far more than just the theft charges. You can be sure these areas have cameras, as do the drones. Picking them up off of people porches is the far easier option, no reason to expect them to try and make or buy some expensive net gun etc to down a drone that is in a very public place with cameras everywhere, when they can just go on foot to someones house and pick up a package out of sight.


Smash lockerboxes full of ps5's. Toss in truck... drive away.


This is why some pretty stupid thieves never get caught, IT people overthink things.
 

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will not get approved until the post office find another source of income. once amazon shits the HOW we get the package too you away from the post office, it's done.
 

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im still not "getting" the use of drones for delivery. no matter what angle i look at it, i still do not see the cost effectiveness of it.
 
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Smash lockerboxes full of ps5's. Toss in truck... drive away.


This is why some pretty stupid thieves never get caught, IT people overthink things.

What do drones have to do with it then? Amazon, UPS etc etc have used locker boxes for a while now without issue, USPS uses block based mail boxes as well, again, without this wide spread theft you are claiming soooo......
 

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"Conducting surveillance".. from Apple, Intel, Microsoft, and Uber? :cautious:

Of course I wouldn't be surprised to see Apple release a drone that follows you around and alerts your iPhone when you're about to walk into something because you're busy looking at your phone.
 
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