Google Skirts Regulations by Testing Drones That Fly up to 100 Mph Over Private Land

8. 13. 15 by Alex Klokus
  • For more than a year, Google has been quietly operating its drones in America under Nasa’s Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA), a program originally intended for government agencies.

  • The latest trials will be used to see whether cellphone signals can be used by low-flying drones for automatic air traffic control. The system would use cellphone technology to file  flight plans and receive directions from computerised air traffic control systems.

  • But while Google says that it can still legally fly its drones under Nasa’s COA, the company is hedging its bets. Last week, the FAA posted a request from Google for a Section 333 exemption to use its drones to perform aerial data collection, and conduct research and development.

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