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The FAA has given approval for commercial drones to fly over people. It means autonomous deliveries by companies like Amazon are one step closer to reality

The FAA has given approval for commercial drones to fly over people. It means autonomous deliveries by companies like Amazon are one step closer to reality

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The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday finalized a rule allowing commercial drones to fly without an operator on site.




"Decades worth of promise and projection are finally coming to fruition," said Reese Mozer, CEO of American Robotics.




The first commercial uses will be outside cities, with drones helping on industrial and agricultural jobs, said American Robotics.




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The Federal Aviation Administration on Friday finalized rules allowing fully automated drones to fly "over people," moving drones a step closer to commercial use for agriculture, infrastructure repair, and eventually, deliveries.The first commercial uses will be outside cities, with drones helping on industrial and agricultural jobs, said American Robotics, the first company to get approval. "Decades worth of promise and projection are finally coming to fruition," said Reese Mozer, CEO and co-founder, in a statement. The newly finalized rule, ''Operation of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems over People',' will also allow some autonomous drones to fly at night. It will take full effect 60 days after Friday's publication in the FAA's Federal Register.
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