From Buzzfeed:

A Senate committee will hold a hearing early next year to explore the potential economic impact of private companies using drones, including Amazon’s proposed drone delivery program, BuzzFeed has learned.

An aide to West Virginia Sen. Jay Rockefeller, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, said the hearing was in the works before Amazon CEO Jeff Bezo’s Sunday night announcement that the company plans to use drones to make deliveries.

“Amazon’s plans for using drones to deliver packages is just one example of the potential this technology offers consumers, and a reflection of the ingenuity of American business,” Rockefeller said. “As we move forward toward integrating drones into civilian life and capitalizing on the economic opportunities they offer, we must make certain that these aircrafts meet rigorous safety and privacy standards. I plan to hold a hearing early next year to explore the potential economic benefits of unmanned vehicles in our airspace as well as the potential risks they may create.”

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Comment by Project Nadar on December 2, 2013 at 4:30pm

Many stupid actions caused lives... This one though climbing the charts.  

Comment by ECODRONES on December 2, 2013 at 5:07pm

Ok, ok... I see Jeff Bezos announcements etc...

But, WTF, this serious???

Comment by Alejandro Martin Pirola on December 2, 2013 at 5:48pm

Why not?
Then you say ... cuz...
Then I say: those are issues today, but tomorrow?

Then you ask.. why Jeff Bezos announcement now?
Well I think he wants to claim the novelty and get some data for patents. Or just a political announcement.
After all he is Amazon CEO and we are simple mortals.

Comment by ECODRONES on December 2, 2013 at 6:03pm

Yes, of course we are simple mortals... but millions other peoples on the ground, with our drones flying over their heads, are also.

I'm flying (fixed wing) for aerophotogrametry purposes day by day, for almost two years.

If Amazon drones are 10% similar of the almost drones flying around the world, FAA and others will not allow these flights.

IMO.

Comment by Gerard Toonstra on December 2, 2013 at 6:17pm

Well, if we get Lithium Air batteries because of this... go amazon!

Comment by Alejandro Martin Pirola on December 2, 2013 at 6:22pm

FAA does not allow civilian drones period.
2015 things will be different. 
When google got patented Google Glasses almost 4/5 year ago there was no technology available for manufacturing it. But they saw the potential, and they knew that 5 years and a couple of millions will do the work.
If military are flying unmanned planes with bombs over your head, I don't see the problem, maybe in 10 year you got a Amazon potential dangerous 2 kg. killing machine drone carrying a book flying over your head.

Comment by Harry on December 2, 2013 at 8:25pm

They don't get interested unless it's some huge corporation that can contribute huge revenue, or contribute campaign funds to somebody on their team.  When it's ordinary people, who might be able to make a job for themselves and stay off the dole, they're deaf.

Comment by Alex on December 2, 2013 at 8:52pm

thought he already owned an airline!

Comment by Patrick Egan on December 2, 2013 at 9:59pm

Best news for drones in a long time. If Tech takes over advocacy from DoD we have a chance at a real industry. 

Comment by John Ian Gettings on December 2, 2013 at 10:50pm

Its a platform to take some sort of stance from....Flimsy in its potential but at least an entry point to get something meaningful started with some serious discussions.

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