UK gives OK to Amazon for drone delivery exploration

REUTERS

Amazon.com says it has entered into a partnership with the British government to get the nation's aviation authority approval for deliveries via small drones.

Amazon isn't the world's only mega retailer exploring UAV delivery. Wal-Mart said last month it's 6-9 months away from starting to use drones to check on warehouse inventories in the US.

From Reuters:

The world's biggest online retailer, which has laid out plans to start using drones for deliveries by 2017, said a cross-government team supported by the UK Civil Aviation Authority had provided it with the permissions necessary to explore the process.

Amazon unveiled a video last year showcasing how an unmanned drone could deliver packages, narrated by former Top Gear TV host Jeremy Clarkson.