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Amazon Denied US Drone Tests as Microsoft Gets US Government Approval

Microsoft has won a bid as a drone partner in projects by Kansas' transportation authority, with possible work in agriculture, infrastructure inspection, safety assessments, and more. Amazon was one of the few tech giants that didn't make the cut.


, Apple, , and have received approval for drone tests while 's request was denied. The pilot programs are designed to test capabilities in industries such as digital mapping, surveillance, package delivery, and more.

The 10 projects will help the government assess drone use and how to effectively regulate their use. It will be approved in 10 test sites across the country and is looking to solve problems like airspace integration and privacy laws.

Other companies approved for the projects include Airbus, Uber, FedEx, Qualcomm, and more. The initiative was launched by last year in an effort to catch up to other countries in regards to drone experimentation.

Microsoft is among the partners working in Kansas. The testing will surround the rescue of stranded motorists, infrastructure inspection, and remote safety assessment applications. Kansas Lt. Government Tracey Mann also noted successful use in agriculture, which is a large industry in the area. It's also collaborating with Microsoft to build a drone tracking system for deliveries.

From Delivery to Mapping

Other selected areas include San Diego and Reno, Virginia Tech, the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, North Carolina, and North Dakota. One significant winner was Nevada-based startup Flirtey, which plans to kickstart drone delivery.

According to Menlo Ventures Mark Siegel, this gives it “the ability to move into any geography in the United States and move out of test mode into full operation.”

Meanwhile, Uber will be testing food delivery in San Diego, FedEx aircraft inspection in Tennessee, and AirMap airspace management. At Virginia Tech, Google, AT&T, Intel, Airbus, and Dominion Energy will explore emergency management, package delivery, and infrastructure management.

“We're focused on developing a safe operating model for in the airspace and we will continue our work to make this a reality,” is Amazon's Brain Huseman said of the matter.

Ryan Maskell
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Ryan has had a passion for gaming and technology since early childhood. Fusing the skills from his Creative Writing and Publishing degree with profound technical knowledge, he enjoys covering news about Microsoft. As an avid writer, he is also working on his debut novel.

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