>> The US drone industry may be getting some wings. The Department of Transportation on Wednesday revealed ten new drones projects, part of a pilot program to expand how drones can be used across the US. Nearly 150 states, counties, cities and universities teamed up with companies to submit proposals.
The winners, FedEx, Google's parent Alphabet, Apple, Intel, Microsoft, AT&T, GE, and Airbus, among others. Some notable exclusions from the list, Amazon, which is already experimenting with drone delivery of packages overseas, and major Chinese drone maker DJI. Reuters correspondent, Jeffrey Dastin.>> All the companies on winning applications will have a chance, not only to operate and gain experience from that in the United States.
But also to be in dialogue with local authorities, with the FAA, as to how the US should regulate drones. What should be federal, what should be local? And Amazon and DJI, to the extent that they maybe have very strong opinions about this, won't really have a seat at that table because of this decision.
That could change going forward, but for now, they do not have a very clear avenue for making their case, and shaping what will become the new regulation of drones in the United States.>> Still, officials at the Federal Aviation Administration, the agency overseeing drones, said the projects that didn't win could get approvals separately by the FAA.
The winning projects will help study how drones could be used for a variety of tasks, like agriculture, pipeline inspections, aircraft maintenance, healthcare, and of course, package delivery.