When Amazonunveiled its delivery drones last year, it challenged the thriving retail industry. While the technology is brilliant (Amazon claims that its drones will deliver packages in 30 minutes), policymakers see it as a threat to national safety and personal privacy. That led the Federal Aviation Administration to restrict commercial drones from flying in the U.S.
Given the case, Amazon is setting its sights on India, which doesn't have laws concerning drones. According to the Economic Times, the giant Internet retailer will test its delivery drones in Mumbai and Bangalore. It's worth noting that Amazon already has warehouses in both cities.
Amazon is battling with Indian e-commerce company Flipkart, which recently raised $1 billion in funding from Tiger Global Management and Morgan Stanley Investment Management. Delivery drones could prove to be a crucial advantage for Amazon.
As to when, sources told the Economic Times that it could be as early as Diwali, an ancient Hindu festival celebrate in October this year. India has yet to realize the dangers of unrestricted flying among drones. When asked, India's Directorate General of Civil Aviation said that it is unaware of Amazon's plans.
Working on a law to limit drones may not be a priority for the country, but when Amazon floods its skies with drones, it will soon realize a need.
Gene Ryan Briones Gene Ryan Briones (Google+) is a technology journalist with a wide experience in writing about the latest trends in the technology industry, ranging from mobile technology, gadgets and robots, as well as computer hardware and software.
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