"The enthusiastic response to our request for applications demonstrated the many innovative technological and operational solutions already on the horizon", said USA transportation secretary Elaine Chao. Amazon's angle clearly relates to package deliveries, with a 2016 United Kingdom experiment resulting in a delivery time of just 13 minutes between hitting the one-click order button and the package being dropped off.
Earlier today, a report explained that Apple was among a handful of companies who had applied for government permission to test drone usage beyond current FAA limits. She, also, did not rule out Amazon's project receiving approval citing a rigorous process.
Amazon, which has worked with the FAA on policy as it has tested drone technology around the world, said the fate of its applications was unfortunate, but it was focused on developing safe operations for drones.
The UAS Integration Pilot Program will help tackle the most significant challenges to integrating drones into the national airspace and will reduce risks to public safety and security.
Nevada will "continue to work closely with the FAA as one of seven designated UAS test sites and look for new opportunities to accelerate the integration of the technology into our airspace, economy and daily lives for the benefit of all Nevadans", Anderson said.
Nevada also submitted a statewide application that included dozens of partners from Nevada-grown companies and Fortune 50 corporations.
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The North Carolina, North Dakota, and Kansas transportation departments were among those chosen, in addition to the cities of Reno, Nev., and San Diego.
The contest drew 149 bids from locales looking to host flights at night, flights over people and other drone operations that USA rules prohibit.
"Kansas is once again leading the way on the national and global stage", he said.
The unmanned aircraft industry has pushed for relaxed restrictions. After both are formally proposed, it would take months or even more than a year before they are finalized. Several incidents around major airports have involved drones getting close to aircraft.
Top technology companies including Apple, Amazon, Intel and Qualcomm, are said to be taking part in a USA drone test initiative announced by President Donald Trump a year ago, with a slew of new tests starting today.