Amazon To U.S. Gov’s Approval On Drone Tests: You’re Too Late
Amazon has blasted the U.S. Government for releasing their approval to test unmanned drones too late.
On Tuesday, during a hearing and in front of lawmakers in a subcommittee of the Senate’s Commerce, Science and Transportation panel, Paul Misener, Amazon’s vice president for global public policy, said that the drone models approved by the FAA last week are no longer used by the company and have been replaced with improved ones.
He further noted the importance of quick deliberation and approval of commercial drone testing in the country as it lags behind that of Europe and Asia. He earlier sent a letter to the FAA with the intention to move their research programs elsewhere.
In a report from Bloomberg, Misener openly criticized the waiting time Amazon had to endure to acquire approval for the test.
“Nowhere outside of the United States have we been required to wait more than one or two months to begin testing. What the FAA needs is impetus, lest the United States fall further behind,” he said.