Amazon’s latest delivery drone has ‘fail-safe logic’ to avoid trouble, according to letter seeking OK for flights

Amazon.com Inc.’s latest drone can avoid a helicopter, but it might cancel a delivery if your dog wanders into the Prime-package drop zone. That’s according to a letter the company sent federal regulators in July seeking the OK to fly its unmanned aircraft to customers’ homes in “sparsely populated” regions of the United States.

The Seattle-based company is asking the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration for several exemptions from federal law and regulations. Top on its list, Amazon seeks permission to fly Prime Air drones for package delivery before receiving an “airworthiness certificate.” Under updated FAA rules, the Secretary of Transportation is allowed to make such an exemption.

Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) is certain its drones’ decision-making can equal that of a human pilot. The 29-page letter goes into detail about the capabilities and limitations of Amazon’s latest drone that would be making these inaugural shipments, MK27. Most…

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