FAA endorses Amazon to deliver packages by drone

FAA endorses Amazon to deliver packages by drone

Getting an Amazon package delivered from the sky is nearer to becoming a reality.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it had allowed Amazon approval to deliver packages by drones.

Amazon AMZN, +1.39% said that the approval is a “important step,” yet included that it is as yet testing and flying the drones. It didn’t state when it anticipated that automatons should make deliveries to customers.

The online shopping goliath has been dealing with drone delivery for years, however it has been eased back by regulatory obstacles. Back in December 2013, Amazon CEO and organizer Jeff Bezos said in a TV interview that drones would be traveling to client’s homes within five years.

A year ago, Amazon revealed self-directing automatons that are completely electric, can carry 5 pounds of merchandise and are intended to deliver items quickly by dropping them in a backyard. At that point, an Amazon executive said deliveries to customers would happen “within months,” however over 14 months have gone from that point forward.

Seattle-based Amazon is the third drone delivery service to win flight approval, the FAA said. Delivery organization UPS, – 0.59% and an organization possessed via search giant Google GOOGL, +1.56% won approval a year ago.