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One of the biggest impediments to the development of drones in e-commerce delivery fulfilment, the strict Federal Aviation Administration rules on unmanned aircraft – appears to be on the verge of being overcome. Donald Trump has signed an executive order to allow them to fly over crowds and beyond the line-of-sight, according to SupplyChain247. It describes the order as “a response to calls from companies making and using drones, will allow local governments to apply to the FAA for waivers allowing them to conduct tests of deliveries, drone air-traffic systems, long-range flights and other uses generally prohibited under current rules”, and is designed to encourage greater domestic investment in the technology.

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