Amazon approaches UK government about drones testing

Amazon approaches UK government about drones testing

Amazon is investigating beginning trials of its drone delivery service in the UK, it has been reported.

Last week the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the US granted Amazon a certificate allowing it to test its delivery drones (), but according to the Telegraph Amazon has approached the UK government about testing drones here, because US regulations are “too restrictive”.

Transport minister Robert Goodwill, speaking at a motor industry conference, said he had met with the online retailer.

Goodwill said: “Amazon came to see me to ask about starting drone trials in the UK because regulations in the US were too restrictive.

“So much for the land of the free.”

He continued: "We're working with Amazon. And government is working on the whole issue of drones. We're meeting with the British Airline Pilots Association and we're both keen to innovate."

Amazon started recruiting for flight operations engineers in the UK last year, who would be responsible for developing technology for its drone, named Octocopters.

The Telegraph reported that Amazon’s vice president for global public policy, Paul Misener, has told US senators that the company has moved beyond testing its drones, making the approval by the FAA “obsolete”.

“We’ve moved on to more advanced designs that we already are testing abroad," he said.