U.S. markets open in 6 hours 18 minutes
  • S&P Futures

    3,853.00
    +43.75 (+1.15%)
     
  • Dow Futures

    31,227.00
    +315.00 (+1.02%)
     
  • Nasdaq Futures

    13,114.00
    +203.00 (+1.57%)
     
  • Russell 2000 Futures

    2,242.70
    +43.50 (+1.98%)
     
  • Crude Oil

    62.67
    +1.17 (+1.90%)
     
  • Gold

    1,752.30
    +23.50 (+1.36%)
     
  • Silver

    27.02
    +0.58 (+2.21%)
     
  • EUR/USD

    1.2071
    -0.0016 (-0.13%)
     
  • 10-Yr Bond

    1.4600
    0.0000 (0.00%)
     
  • Vix

    27.95
    -0.94 (-3.25%)
     
  • GBP/USD

    1.3962
    +0.0039 (+0.28%)
     
  • USD/JPY

    106.6400
    +0.1380 (+0.13%)
     
  • BTC-USD

    46,356.62
    +1,738.34 (+3.90%)
     
  • CMC Crypto 200

    926.46
    -6.68 (-0.72%)
     
  • FTSE 100

    6,483.43
    0.00 (0.00%)
     
  • Nikkei 225

    29,663.50
    +697.49 (+2.41%)
     

American Robotics gets FAA nod to fly fully automated drones

·1 min read

(Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration granted Massachusetts-based American Robotics Inc permission to operate automated drones.

The decision limits operations to areas with light air traffic and daylight visibility and requires the drone not to exceed altitude of 400 feet.

The agency said American Robotics' operations will provide it with critical data for use in evaluating "beyond-visual-line-of-sight," or BVLOS operations, from offsite locations.

"Moreover, the operations will achieve a reduction in environmental impact, as they will involve a small aircraft carrying no passengers or crew, rather than a manned aircraft of significantly greater size," the FAA said.

Calling it a seminal milestone in the drone industry, American Robotics said this approval makes its Scout System the first drone technology to be able to operate continuously without the cost of having a human operator on site.

(Reporting by Arundhati Sarkar in Bengaluru; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)