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Get your Amazon orders by drone in 30 minutes or less starting in 12 months

You may have heard that Amazon has been considering delivering smaller packages by drone recently. Due to Federal Aviation Administration regulations, the consumer goods giant wasn't able to spring into action immediately, but that could all be changing. 

According to Reuters, the FAA plans to revamp those regulations within the next 12 months, which could mean those automated deliveries could be hitting the skies sooner than expected.

A new way to order items
The current rules enforced by the FAA don't exactly prohibit flying drones. You might know a hobbyist that flies a drone in his or her spare time. Those enthusiasts aren't breaking any rules, according to FAA regulations. However, the way Amazon intends to operate would be considered illegal.

"FAA guidance says that model aircraft flights should be flown a sufficient distance from populated areas and full scale aircraft, should be kept within visual line of sight of the operator, should weigh under 55 lbs unless certified by an aeromodeling community-based organization, and are not for business purposes," the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration website states.

There's no telling whether Amazon's devices will be cleared for commercial use in city centers, but Reuters claimed the FAA will change the regulations regarding business operations. Once that happens, the engineers and managers at Amazon and Google will be ready to capitalize on new delivery methods.

"We will have it (the technology) in place by the time any regulations are ready," said Paul Misener, Amazon.com's vice president of global public policy, according to Reuters. "We are working very quickly."

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Keep your eye on the sky in the coming months. Amazon.com and Google Inc. have been working together to create autonomous drones for quite some time, and you could be seeing the end products of the project whizzing through the air shortly.

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