Amazon's UK Delivery Drone Trial Will Focus on Three Key Problems

By Aatif Sulleyman on at

Amazon and the government have announced a new trial for delivery drones in the UK. The retail giant will bankroll the tests, which it says will be focused on solving three key problems.

  • How to operate drones beyond the line of sight in rural and suburban areas
  • How to ensure they can identify and avoid obstacles using sensors
  • How to enable one person to operate multiple highly-automated drones

The trials will be supported by the Civil Aviation Authority, and the government hopes to find the best way to allow the flying aircraft -- from both Amazon and other companies -- to operate safely in the UK’s skies, and draw up a new set of rules and regulations.

“This announcement strengthens our partnership with the UK and brings Amazon closer to our goal of using drones to safely deliver parcels in 30 minutes to customers in the UK and elsewhere around the world,” said Paul Misener, Amazon’s VP of global innovation policy and communications. “Using small drones for the delivery of parcels will improve customer experience, create new jobs in a rapidly growing industry, and pioneer new sustainable delivery methods to meet future demand.”

Here's our guide to drones in the UK. Something tells me I'm going to have to update it soon. [BBC]