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Amazon draws its plans for drone zones

Amazon draws its plans for drone zones

The online retailer envisions a highly automated system, tied to a central computer, directing a delivery fleet.

(Bloomberg)—The first wave of long-range commercial drones should be allowed to operate in a narrow, low-altitude band and must agree to be tracked, according to Amazon.com Inc.’s vision of the future.

While U.S. government regulations now just allow limited usage of unmanned flights, Amazon, No. 1 in the Internet Retailer 2015 Top 500 Guide, is creating a blueprint for an air-traffic system and the necessary technology is rapidly maturing, said Gur Kimchi, a vice president who heads the company’s drone-delivery division.

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