Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos has said the company will begin testing its drone service in the Netherlands.
The Amazon Prime Air delivery service is currently underway in Canada and the United Kingdom. The internet retail giant has struggled to implement a similar programme in the US, however, due to regulatory impediments.
Amazon previously sought to allay US authorities' fears about drone deliveries in US airspace, but has failed to convince the Federal Aviation Administration.
So far, the FAA has been skeptical that robotic technology can replace human eyesight and judgment. The FAA said in its proposal it shares Amazon’s goal of setting broad safety criteria instead of narrow restrictions.
The Dutch government recently announced it would train white-tailed eagles to bring down unlicensed civilian drones, as a means of defending against the possibility of drones being used for criminal or terrorism-related goals.
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