Angela Schoellig, a drone researcher at the University of Toronto, said she and her collaborators at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology tried in two different ways to get licences to conduct drone tests for research in the U.S. and weren’t successful.
“And that’s pretty standard,” she said.
The researchers ended up doing outdoor tests in Canada.
“In Canada, it’s mostly about safety,” she said. “If you show that you know what you are doing, it’s very likely that you’ll get a licence.”
That’s drawing many companies like Amazon to do their drone testing in Canada.