"The FAA allows the recreational use of drones but prohibits their commercial use without its approval, Wall Street Journal reported."
Washington, July 12 - In a bid to deliver small packages to its customers in less than 30 minutes, the world's largest online retailer Amazon has formally asked the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for permission to test its drone service.
In its petition to the FAA, Seattle-based Amazon said its Amazon Prime Air service will be able to deliver two-three kg items to its customers via drones that can travel at 80 km per hour.
We believe customers will love Amazon Prime Air. We are committed to making Prime Air available to customers world-wide as soon as we are permitted to do so, Paul Misener, Amazon's vice president of global public policy, said in the request to FAA.
One day, seeing Amazon Prime Air will be as normal as seeing mail trucks on the road today, he added.
The service would cover 86 percent of Amazon products.
The FAA allows the recreational use of drones but prohibits their commercial use without its approval, Wall Street Journal reported.
In its request, Amazon said it would limit its use of drones to a confined area over isolated Amazon private property.