Alphabet, FedEx, Uber to participate in DOT drone program

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced the 10 selectees for the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Unmanned Aircraft System Pilot (UAS) Integration Program, all of which will develop drone pilot programs to help the DOT craft regulation for drone use.

According to the press release, the "White House initiative partners the FAA with local, state and tribal governments, which then partner with private sector participants to safely explore the further integration of drone operations."

The 10 selectees are the Choctaw Nation of Durant, Oklahoma with private sector partners CNN and Green Valley Farms Living Laboratory; the city of San Diego, California; the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Investment Authority of Herndon, Virginia with NASA and Virginia Tech; the Kansas Department of Transportation; the Lee County Mosquito Control District of Fort Myers, Florida; the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority of Memphis, Tennessee with FedEx and Agricenter International; the North Carolina Department of Transportation; the North Dakota Department of Transportation; the city of Reno, Nevada; and the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.

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