The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has given its approval for planned drone delivery tests by Amazon, the latest in a series of steps the online retailer needs take to make automated airborne deliveries a reality.
This latest approval means that Amazon Prime is now a ‘designated air carrier’.
This means the retailer can operate under the same guidelines as small airlines and charter operators.
The approval does not mean that Amazon can immediately roll out a drone delivery service nationwide just yet, but it moves it one step closer.
Amazon is yet to reveal when and where trials of the service will take place.
As reported by ResearchAndMarkets.com, Amazon is far from the only horse in the drone delivery race, with Wing and UPS looking to beat it to the finish line.
Earlier this week hypermarket giant Walmart made moves to begin offering a widespread drone delivery service. Read more below: