Sites selected for program aimed at expanding drone flights

Sites selected for program aimed at expanding drone flights

Sites selected for program aimed at expanding drone flights

Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced that the city was selected to participate in its experimental commercial drone program, called the "Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program".

Others including startup Flirtey, which successfully made the first drone delivery in the United States in 2015 test, will be using UAVs to deliver medical supplies to heart attack victims in Nevada, track mosquitoes in Florida and develop other new uses.

While Amazon and Apple have not yet issued any comment, Intel and Qualcomm have confirmed they are looking at one or more applications, while Airbus confirming interest in topics like risk analysis for airspace management.

A spokesman for the North Carolina Department of Transportation, another victor, said Apple Inc is among its partners, and Apple said it plans to use the testing program to improve Apple Maps by capturing aerial images. Transportation officials say 149 applications were received. "This is an important first step in the process of drone integration". But you can bet if Apple starts testing drones the rumors about what it might be up to will being pouring in. The flights will begin in rural areas and the company will share data with the FAA before securing approvals to deliver to more urban locations in Reno. The MOAs will establish the parties' responsibilities, describe specific concepts of operations they will undertake, establish any data-sharing requirements, and specify that no federal funds will be spent on the program.

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"A key focus of the testing will be connectivity, using 4G LTE and upcoming 5G networks to accelerate the development of technology and support policy development", a spokesperson for Qualcomm said in a statement.

The unmanned aircraft industry has pushed for relaxed restrictions. After both are formally proposed, it would take months or possibly more than a year before they are finalized.

"Kansas is once again leading the way on the national and global stage", he said. But drones are being tested by a broad range of companies for purposes ranging from package delivery to crop inspection.

Flirtey previously partnered with emergency medical services provider Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority to launch the first drone delivery service for automated external defibrillators in the U.S. Now, the vision is to deliver packages using drones with its customers, which include FedEx, 7-Eleven and Domino's Pizza Inc., ultimately bringing drone delivery to homes across America.

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