“The UK is a leader in enabling drone innovation, we’ve been investing in Prime Air research and development here for quite some time,” said Paul Misener, Amazon’s Vice President of Global Innovation Policy and Communications. While the FAA recently announced its rules for commercial drone usage in the U.S., the regulations currently don’t allow for drone delivery services so the big retailer is looking to trial its technology in other countries. They already have an Air Division based in the UK. Jeff Bezos also recently disclosed that Amazon is currently testing its drones in the Netherlands in addition to Canada. Amazon’s engagement is to begin operating drones for delivery only when it can demonstrate safe operations.
Current UK legislation dictates that drones cannot be flown within 50 meters of a building or a person, or within 150 meterss of a built-up area. Drones also have to remain in line of sight and within 500 meters of the pilot.