More flying objects could soon be filling the skies, even making deliveries. So will more drones put your safety at risk?
This week, the Federal Aviation Administration granted Amazon.com permission to begin tests of drones outdoors. The retailer wants to use the small aircraft to deliver items from their warehouses right to your doorstep.
In an interview with CNBC's "On the Money," former FAA Administrator Marion Blakey says she supports innovations using the aerial vehicles.
"I'd love to call up and get my prescription delivered to my door, [or] a new book I wanted," Blakey said. "There are great ideas out there."
The FAA recently released new proposed safety rules to regulate drones -- also called Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)—within the national airspace. Blakey tells CNBC that the FAA "did a very good job. It took a while, but safety is paramount in terms of the considerations in this rule."
The proposed federal rules call for daytime-only operation. Drones must fly below 500 feet, cannot exceed 100 miles per hour and the unmanned aircraft must remain within the operator's "line of sight."