In response to a recent ruling by a federal judge that could open U.S. airspace to the commercial use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), FlowerDeliveryExpress.com says it will resume testing drones for floral deliveries in the metropolitan Detroit area.
The company notes that it conducted the first flower delivery by UAV on Feb. 8. However, in response to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) informing the company that commercial use of UAVs is only authorized on a case-by-case basis, FlowerDeliveryExpress.com was forced to halt future testing with drones.
In the light of the ruling, the company says it is now moving forward with its plans. FlowerDeliveryExpress.com reports that it recently launched a consumer beta program to test alternative delivery methods and other development efforts with a select group of customers before going to market.
‘I'm looking forward to using drones for flower deliveries and positioning the company at the forefront of successfully implementing this technology,’ comments Wesley Berry, CEO of FlowerDeliveryExpress.com. ‘Drones have arrived. We are prepared to fly forward.’
The FAA is appealing the court ruling and says that this action stays the decision until further judgment.