The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) has partnered with Zing to test package delivery under the FAA’s new BEYOND program. The program focuses on expanding operations beyond line of sight (BVLOS), improving public perception of UAS, and quantifying the economic and societal impact of these advanced operations.
Elaine L. Chao, US Secretary of Transportation, announced, “The three years of information gathered through the Drone Integration Pilot (IPP) program will be applied to a new initiative called BEYOND, which will further the safe integration of drones into our national airspace will push forward. The IPP fueled the American drone industry and enabled unprecedented expansion in testing and operations through innovative public-private partnerships across the country. Now the BEYOND program will build on this success and address the next major challenges for drone integration. “
Michael Kratsios, US Chief Technology Officer, commented, “The IPP has advanced the American drone industry and enabled unprecedented expansions in testing and operations across the country through innovative public-private partnerships. Now the BEYOND program will build on this success and address the next major challenges for drone integration. “
Ian Annase, Founder and CEO of Zing, stated, “It is an honor to be part of the exclusive group of partners in Kansas who will test and implement these state-of-the-art operations. We’re grateful for the opportunity to be one of the first to implement and scale parcel delivery use cases that go beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS). We are particularly pleased to test NASA’s UTM (Unmanned Traffic Management) system and implement it in our end-to-end platform for the provision of drones. “