Drones: in the U.S. They Kill People, in China They Deliver Cakes

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Wed, Sep 4th, 2013 12:00 by capnasty NEWS

On Quartz, a fascinating article on how "China could become the first country to legalize parcel delivery by drone."

In building drones that kill people, the US has a couple-decade head start on China. But when it comes to domestic uses, US businesses are hamstrung because the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) isn't required to issue commercial drone rules until 2015. In the meantime, one of China's biggest delivery companies is tinkering with using drones -- with Chinese government permission.

SF Express is testing a drone it has built for delivering packages to remote areas, according to Chinese media reports. The drone can hit an maximum altitude of 100 meters (328 feet) and deliver parcels within two meters of its target. It's not clear what sort of weight these puppies can handle, but Beijing journalists calculated that it probably can't carry more than 3 kilograms (6.6 pounds).

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