Kansas picked as participant in Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program

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Flirtey previously partnered with emergency medical services provider Regional Emergency Medical Services Authority to launch the first drone delivery service for automated external defibrillators in the U.S. Now, the vision is to deliver packages using drones with its customers, which include FedEx, 7-Eleven and Domino's Pizza Inc., ultimately bringing drone delivery to homes across America.

North Dakota has been chosen by federal transportation officials as one of 10 participants in a test program aimed at increasing government and commercial use of unmanned aircraft. An application that would have seen Amazon deliver goods by drone to shoppers in New York City was also declined, a person familiar with the matter said.

US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said that dozens of the unapproved projects could receive approval in the coming months subject to certain waivers or compliance to existing rules.

"We're focused on developing a safe operating model for drones in the airspace and we will continue our work to make this a reality", said Brian Huseman, Amazon's vice president of public policy. A rigorous process was cited in conjunction with Amazon's rejection, but deputy transportation secretary Jeff Rosen said there were "no losers".

Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., that it will be hard for the United States to establish global drone craft technology and market leadership unless a remote ID requirement is put in place. "Drones are a transformative technology and for them to truly become a part of everyday life the industry must work with state and local stakeholders who work and live where these drones will operate".

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The contest drew 149 bids from locales looking to host flights at night, flights over people and other drone operations that U.S. rules prohibit.

Uber is working on air-taxi technology and will deliver food by drone in San Diego, California.

The unmanned aircraft industry has pushed for relaxed restrictions, and the Trump administration has said current regulations have limited drone use, forcing companies to test overseas. Another partner is General Electric Co, he said. The FAA has no requirements or voluntary standards for electrically broadcasting information to identify an unmanned aircraft.

Top technology companies including Apple, Amazon, Intel and Qualcomm, are said to be taking part in a USA drone test initiative announced by President Donald Trump previous year, with a slew of new tests starting today.