Japan eases flight rules to boost residential drone delivery
Japan is relaxing its drone regulations from today to allow automated, beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) drone flights over residential areas. The idea is to boost drone delivery services since the logistics industry is facing a serious shortage of drivers.
With the population aging across the country, the Japanese government has liberalized several laws to pave the way for increasingly advanced autonomous vehicles. In the case of drones, operators meeting certain requirements are now being allowed to conduct unattended “level 4” drone flights over urban areas for parcel deliveries.
This classification of different “levels” of drone flights has been operational in Japan since mid-2021. Level 1 is typically manual, and it requires operators to keep the drone within their visual range at all times. Level 2 is for automated commercial operations such as surveying or asset inspections, but, here also, the aircraft is required to stay within the visual…