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.
Google Skirts Regulations by Testing Drones That Fly up to 100 Mph Over Private Land
8. 13. 15 by Alex Klokus