Are US regulators stifling innovation in the US? Amazon clearly thinks so as it bypasses what it sees as a lethargic approach by US federal regulators (the FAA) to drones by setting up a drone testing facility 2,000ft from the US boarder in rural Canada.
“America has led the world in aviation development,” he said, “but for the first time in history we are at risk of losing out. To see one of our most innovative companies forced over the border is a stark example of the danger.” Until it opened its Canadian base, Amazon had been limited to indoor testing in its Seattle laboratory, backed up with research outposts in the UK – in Cambridge – and Israel. Requests by the company to begin outdoor testing on company land in Washington state have so far largely been rebuffed by the FAA.