The US Federal Aviation Administration (USFAA) has said that it is going to allow small drones to fly above people and at night, Reuters reported on Monday, opening doors to a variety of commercial operations that can be exploited by companies, especially for delivery of items.
The authority said it will require the drones to have a remote ID to communicate via radio frequency, but ruled out their need to be connected with the internet to transmit real time location.
“The new rules make way for the further integration of drones into our airspace by addressing safety and security concerns,” said FAA Administrator Steve Dickson in a statement, as quoted by Reuters.
“They get us closer to the day when we will more routinely see drone operations such as the delivery of packages.”
For at night operations, FAA said drone must be equipped with anti-collision lights. The final rules allow operations over moving vehicles in some circumstances.
It said that remote ID is required for all drones weighing 0.55 pounds, but is mandatory for all those which fly over any open-air assembly.
Since last year, United Parcel Service Inc, Google’s sister firm, Wing, and Amazon, have secured permissions to use drone for different commercial purposes.
Another change mandated by the FAA in its latest guidelines is that those small drones cannot have any exposed rotating parts that may lacerate human skin.
The new rules will become effective 60 days after publication next month.
Drone manufacturers will have 18 months to begin producing drones with Remote ID, while drone operators have an additional year to begin using drones with Remote ID, the agency reported.