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Google says drone industry must keep pushing regulatory limits

The drone industry needs to continue pushing regulatory boundaries, the chief of Google Inc.’s project to develop an unmanned delivery service told a conference in California Wednesday.

“Let’s push really hard,” Dave Vos, who heads Google’s Project Wing, said at a conference sponsored by NASA at its Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif. “Let’s not put our heads in the sand.”

Google’s Project Wing is competing with Amazon.com Inc.’s Prime Air to develop unmanned craft that can deliver small packages.

A team at NASA’s facility adjacent to Silicon Valley is leading the government’s efforts to create a drone air-traffic system, dubbed Unmanned Aerial System Traffic Management. At least 14 companies, including Google, Amazon, Verizon Communications Inc., and Harris Corp., have signed agreements with NASA to help devise the system.


More than 100 other companies and universities have also expressed interest in the project, which will be needed before commercial drones can fly long distances to deliver goods, inspect power lines and survey crops.