How quickly are you going to be able to get something delivered by drone? Well that depends where you live.
U.S. and Chinese citizens are likely to see deliveries via the flying machines sooner than their counterparts in Europe, but it's unlikely to be nationwide with regulation still remaining restrictive, though key developments have happened in the past few weeks.
Towards the end of June, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued new rules on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). The key points were that drones:
- Must weigh less than 55 pounds
- Need to remain in the visual line-of-sight of the operator
- Can have a maximum altitude of 400 feet above ground level
These rules appear to shoot dead - for now - Amazon's drone delivery system - known as Prime Air.
Nonetheless, the FAA's ruling was a landmark, decriminalizing drones and potentially paving the way for a loosening of regulation in the future.