The drone-testing projects have been given waivers for regulations that now ban their use in the United States and will be used to help the Federal Aviation Authority draw up suitable laws to govern the use of the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for myriad tasks.
Apple Inc soon will be capturing images of North Carolina by drone; a 1,500-pound, unmanned aircraft will look for mosquitoes in Florida; and startup Flirtey will fly medical equipment on drones to heart-attack victims in Nevada.
"We congratulate the winners and will be happy to work with any of them with hardware, software or technical assistance to help these exciting ideas come to life", said Adam Lisberg, spokesman for the world's largest maker of non-military drones. The city is partnered with Nevada-based Flirtey, a company that has worked on delivering defibrillators by drone, as well as pizza for Domino's. Winners include projects focused on package delivery, environmental monitoring, precision agriculture, pipeline oversight and integrating drones near airports, the US official said. The FAA still must decide questions before the pilot projects begin including whether drone deliveries should follow city streets or cross backyards. Asked about Amazon's absence, Deputy Transportation Secretary Jeff Rosen cited a rigorous process and said there were "no losers".
"In order to ensure that our airspace remains the safest in the world, and to enable our law enforcement and national security partners to identify security risks, we need to know who is operating in the airspace", Lawrence said.
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The unmanned aircraft industry has pushed for relaxed restrictions, and the Trump administration has said current regulations have limited drone use, forcing companies to test overseas.
North Dakota Lt. Gov. Brent Sanford said the program will spur more commercial investment and "allow us to explore new uses for unmanned aircraft".
The contest drew 149 bids from locales looking to host flights at night, flights over people and other drone operations that USA rules prohibit. The winners are expected to gain a head start at the billions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs the young industry expects to create. But drones are being tested by a broad range of companies for purposes ranging from package delivery to crop inspection.
The pilot program: Participants will have the freedom to perform tests that were previously prohibited, including flying drones over populated areas, in the dark, and out of sight.