Amazon’s drone ‘win’ will prove fleeting

Late last week the FAA gave Amazon permission to move ahead with its experiments to develop a drone-driven package-delivery system.

Bottom line first: I believe this whole concept is ludicrous – which is an upgrade from my initial reaction: publicity stunt — and that nothing like it will be an important package-delivery mechanism for Amazon or anyone else in our lifetimes. (Everything happens eventually.)

But just to play along, it would appear that the FAA’s biggest stipulations – the experimental drones must be operated by licensed pilots who must maintain line of sight contact with their craft – are deal killers if they prove permanent.

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Network World Paul McNamara