Google and Amazon chose different ways to get around the ban on commercial drone use in the United States, but both plan on producing a product delivery system using drone technology. For Google, they used an exception from NASA that normally only works for government agencies.
The tech giant has been operating their tests for a year now, according to The Guardian.
The latest trials will be used to see whether cellphone signals can be used by low-flying drones for automatic air traffic control. According to documents filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last week and seen by the Guardian, Google wants to carry out demonstrations and tests on a remote stretch of privately owned land near Merced, California. The experiments, which Google thinks might last up to six months, involve transmissions on the 4G and LTE radio frequencies used by all the major cellphone companies in America, including AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint and Verizon.
Read more on The Guardian.