Major tech and aerospace companies including Apple, Amazon, Intel, Qualcomm, and Airbus are vying to take part in a new slate of drone tests set announced by the U.S. Transportation Department. I’m not sure what Apple’s drone planes are, but this will be an interesting area to watch.
According to a Reuters report, the pilot program will allow a much larger range of tests than are generally permitted by the FAA, including flying drones at night, over people and beyond an operator’s line of sight.
At least 200 companies spanning 149 applications are vying to be part of the program. Winners include projects focused on package delivery, environmental monitoring, precision agriculture, pipeline oversight and integrating drones near airports, an U.S. official told Reuters.
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