Although online retailer Amazon has not had much luck in convincing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to allow the company to deliver goods with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), rumor has it they are planning to launch the service overseas in India.
A report from The Economic Times claims that although Amazon has not commented on ‘what [it] may or may not do in the future,’ other sources have come forward with the idea that the company will be testing its Prime Air in the cities of Mumbai and Bangalore, where it has warehouses.
Amazon is choosing India because the country does not yet have strict regulations in place for UAVs and because the citizens are not as acquainted with unmanned aircraft and therefore would not have as many preconceived notions or prejudices, the report says.
Back in December, Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, first revealed the UAV initiative on the show “60 Minutes.” In April, in his annual letter to company shareholders, Bezos said the team for the delivery service was testing its fifth- and sixth-generation UAVs and was in the process of designing generations seven and eight.
Then in July, following the FAA’s Federal Register notice on its interpretation of the statutory special rules for model aircraft, Amazon sent a letter to the agency for permission to go forward with the plans. In the letter, Amazon wrote that “seeing Amazon Prime Air will be as normal as seeing mail trucks on the road today.”
Read the full Economic Times report here.