The FAA has given Workhorse Group the green light to test package deliveries in Ohio with the company’s electric unmanned aerial vehicle, reports Post & Parcel.
In a July 2015 interview with Workhorse, CEO Steve Burns told TRUCKS.com the company had applied for an exemption with the FAA in hopes that it would have its HorseFly drone this year. The Certificate of Authorization to the Ohio/Indiana UAS Center and Test Complex is a big step forward, as it allows Workhorse to continue testing the company’s 30-pound octocopter, which launches from a truck rather than a warehouse, like the planned drones from Amazon or Google’s UAE.
Burns says the HorseFly is designed to deliver parcels in a more efficient manner when compared to conventional methods. Combined with the EV truck, drone delivery should also help reduce emissions.