US: Amazon is mulling to use small drones to deliver commercial packages. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos revealed that his company is planning to use “octocopter” mini-drones to fly small packages to consumers in just 30 minutes. Unlike the drones used by the military, Bezos” proposed flying machines won”t need humans to control them remotely. Amazon”s drones would receive a set of GPS coordinates and automatically fly to them, presumably avoiding buildings, power lines and other obstacles.
However delivery drones have raised a lot of concerns, from air traffic safety to homeland security and privacy. Delivering packages by drone might be impossible in a city like Washington D.C. which has many no-fly zones. There is no prohibition on flying drones for recreational use, but since 2007, the Federal Aviation Administration has said they can”t be used for commercial purposes. The FAA, under directions from the US Congress, plans to have new airspace rules for unmanned aircraft in place by 2015. Current rules prohibit use of drones for commercial purposes.