The newly proposed rules by the US government for the commercial use of drones seem to have stalled, at least for now, the high ambitions of the American companies like Amazon that are hoping to use these flying vehicles to deliver almost everything, ranging from post to pizzas.
The regulatory body Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) has proposed a set of strict rules on the commercial drone use, besides effectively baring firms, such as Amazon, from their deployment as delivery vehicles.
The federal rules intend to keep a drone operator always in the proximity of the aircraft throughout the flying period, while barring small flyers from going over the populated areas.
With such regulations, it would become almost impossible for the firms to use drones as a delivering tool for small packages to the doorsteps of the customers.
Online retailing giant Amazon surprised everyone in 2013 with the announcement of Prime Air, a programme intended to use drones for package delivery within 30 minutes of an order.
Paul Misener, vice president of Amazon for its global public policy, said the new FAA regulations would not permit the company to go ahead with its Prime Air program in the United States.
According to him, Amazon may move ahead with its drone initiative in the countries having lesser regulations. He, however, declined to name any at this moment.
“We are committed to realising our vision for Prime Air and are prepared to deploy where we have the regulatory support we need,” said Misener.
The FAA has sought feedback from the public and based on their comments the federal agency will finalize the rules for commercial use of small drones.