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Drone delivery: A look at the current regulations across globe

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The Economic Times
10th October, 2019 09:12 IST

Should drones be allowed for deliveries? That’s the question being asked by governments around the world even as many companies are engaged in field tests. Here’s a look at the current regulations or, in some cases, the current state of thinking about regulations.

Maximum City: Drone Pioneer! In 2014, Francesco’s Pizzeria’s claim that it had successfully used a remote-controlled four-rotored drone to deliver an order to a skyscraper about 1.5km away invited attention from Mumbai Police, which wanted to know if prior permission was sought. The PTI news report about the incident was published by The Economic Times on May 23, 2014.











Drone delivery companies
Amazon
In June, Amazon unveiled its Prime Air drones.

Prime Air service yet to get regulatory nod.

Alibaba
In Feb 2015, Alibaba partnered with Shanghai YTO Express to deliver tea via commercial drones to 450 customers in certain Chinese cities.

Alphabet (Google)
Wing Aviation, an Alphabet arm, has become the fi rst drone operator to get govt approval as an airline.

FedEx
Started testing drones in 2014; plans to integrate them into its delivery services.

AHA
Iceland’s largest ecommerce website has partnered with Israel’s Flytrex.

AHA has been delivering consumer goods and food via drones in Iceland since 2017

JD.com
Pursuing rapid expansion of commercial drone deliveries in four-most populated Chinese provinces.

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