As Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has threatened to transfer its drone research efforts from the United States, Mario Mairena of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) revealed to Emily Chang on Bloomberg West that the United Kingdom may be the firm’s top choice.
Mairena who is the AUVSI’s Senior Government Relations Manager, also told Chang that his organization understands why Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) may want to move its drone research to another country.
“Amazon isn’t alone. We’re sympathetic to their concerns. The small [unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)] rule has been delayed for years while many other companies remain grounded. While the U.S. has delayed its rule-making process, other countries have put in place more permissive regulations to capture a piece of this growing industry,” Mairena said.
He added that the United States is clearly in danger of losing a lot in this new industry.
According to Reuters, Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) stated on Sunday its intention in a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration to transfer more of its drones research to other countries if they do not quickly get permission to do outdoor testing.
This is a process the company says is crucial to the development of its drone program. Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) has long been lobbying the U.S. government to let its test its drones more extensively.
Nonetheless, Mairena said that his organization still puts safety as the prime goal. Nonetheless, he implied that the United States should finalize the rules for small UAS at the soonest possible time.
If not, the United States will likely lose Amazon’s drone program and the advances in technology that come with this budding industry.
“I believe that they are talking about possibly moving their operations abroad to the U.K.,” Mairena said.
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