Google To Test Delivery Drones in the U.S.

FAA, White House give approval for more testing

Delivery Drone

Deliveries may arrive sooner than we think

The FAA will allow Google to test its delivery drones at six test sites in the U.S., and other federal agencies will be conducting their own drone studies.Flirety

The Federal Aviation Administration has given Google the green light today to test delivery drones within six approved test sites in the United States.

Though this testing has been going on internationally — even Amazon has announced it will start testing its drones in the U.K. — FAA regulations had prevented any testing in the U.S. Until now, drones could only be operated with human pilots, within the pilot’s sight.

Also today, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced that the U.S. National Science Foundation will spend $35 million over the next five years, researching unmanned flight. The Department of Interior will also be expanding its use of drones.