Delivery by drone: Amazon and Wal-Mart will have to wait

The United States announced Tuesday new rules governing the use of drones, who will in particular remain in the field of view of those who command them, but the retail giants like Amazon or Wal-Mart will have to wait.

This new regulation, which will take effect in late August, allows drones weighing less than 25 kilos of flying at an altitude of up to 400 feet (122 meters) and a maximum speed of 100 miles per hour (161 km / h) .

The drones can not fly at night unless they have a specific lighting system. They will have to stay at least 6 kilometers of airports, says the US Federal Aviation Agency (FAA).

“We want to find the right balance between innovation and security”, said during a conference call the US Transport Minister Anthony Foxx.

Civilian drones, small unmanned aircraft controlled remotely are also many games that ultra-sophisticated equipment used by enthusiasts to perform aerial tricks or film in altitude.

FAA officials have said that discussions were ongoing with the private sector on the drafting of specific rules for deliveries by drones. However, they gave no timetable.

The US heavyweight Amazon online commerce was mentioned for the first time in early 2013 the possibility of using drones to deliver small packages.

Other groups have said exploring opportunities to make deliveries by drones include the US giant Wal-Mart, the US internet group Alphabet (ex-Google) or Chinese commerce giant Alibaba.

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