Amazon and Google are pushing ahead with plans to develop their own air traffic control network so their drones can make deliveries.
The commercial drone industry could create privately funded and operated air-traffic control network.
The plans were outlined at a conference earlier this week and have the backing of major players including, General Electric, Boeing, and Google.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the system would use automated cellular and web applications to track and prevent collisions among swarms of small unmanned aircraft flying a few hundred feet above the ground.
Gur Kimchi, the vice president who heads the Amazon’s drone-delivery division, told Bloomberg News that drones should remain within 400 feet off the ground.
“There would be a slow lane for local traffic below 200 feet and a fast lane for long-distance transport between 200 and 400 feet.
Altitudes between 400 and 500 feet would become a no-fly zone, and anything above that is already against FAA regulations.”
According to Amazon’s proposals, they would have to stick to the 200ft to a 400ft section of the sky and meet technical recommendations. Amazon’s proposals are mirrored by suggestions put forward by Google.
It is said that this specific model roughly parallels today’s cellular systems, it will switch seamlessly between towers and service providers depending on the phone customer’s location.
Take a look at some of the proposals below!