A Vancouver drone expert says don’t expect to have packages delivered to your door via drone any time soon, despite an internet retail giant testing its technology right here in BC.
Amazon is developing aircraft that could travel up to 80 kilometers an hour and carry up to 2.3 kilograms, at a secret BC location, reportedly near the border.
But Paul Baur with Kaizen Kinetics, a company offering a multitude of drone related services, says the idea is far from reality.
“The current regulatory framework does not allow for such operations, and neither does the infrastructure required for something like this. As you can imagine you would need a large control room to manage all of these drones to go from one place to another, they are limited right now by how long the batteries will last, and they are also heavily dependent on GPS.”
Baur says companies can receive approvals to test commercial drones from Transport Canada in a matter of weeks.
It takes much longer south of the border.
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