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U.K. Regulator Gives Green Light to Delivery Drone Trials


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Delivery drones.

The U.K. currently prohibits the flying of drones beyond the pilots line of sight, restricting its use for home deliveries.

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The U.K. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has authorized a trial in which drone company Sees.ai will operate regular drone flights beyond the pilot's line of sight at three remote industrial sites.

Remote pilots will fly the drones using only cameras and sensors.

If they are successful, the trials could enable drone flights to be rolled out at scale throughout the logistics sector.

Sees.ai's John McKenna believes autonomous drones likely will be used initially in industrial settings to monitor rail and road infrastructure or nuclear power plants.

He said drone delivery of Amazon packages or pizzas is "still a long way off."

From Financial Times
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