Kenya just legalized the use of drones and Uber has moved with pace seeking to test flying taxis in the country

Kenya on Wednesday legalized the commercial and private use of the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

The two firms have requested permission from the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) to use the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) following adoption of regulations to guide operation of the devices.

“Facebook and Uber have requested if we can allow them to test their projects in the country,” said KCAA Director General Gilbert Kibe.

Uber says it wants to test flying taxis in the country with plans to launch an aerial taxi service by 2020. Facebook, on the other hand, is yet to clarify specific areas that it wants to use the UAVs for.

Kenya becomes the third country on the continent after Rwanda and South Africa to have a legal framework in place for the remotely controlled aircraft.

Tanzania and Malawi had also announced plans to begin using them from early next year to deliver medical supplies such as blood and vaccines to remote areas.

JOIN OUR PULSE COMMUNITY!

Unblock notifications in browser settings.

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: news@pulselive.co.ke

Recommended articles

Kenyans can now travel to 72 countries without a visa

Kenyans can now travel to 72 countries without a visa

Ini Edo posts new photos amid reports of welcoming a baby through surrogacy

Ini Edo posts new photos amid reports of welcoming a baby through surrogacy

Referee behind chaos at AFCON was rushed to hospital after match

Referee behind chaos at AFCON was rushed to hospital after match

Willy Paul wins against Diana Marua in court

Willy Paul wins against Diana Marua in court

KDF moves to forcibly acquire Sh 500M supermarket land in Nairobi

KDF moves to forcibly acquire Sh 500M supermarket land in Nairobi

Zuchu forced to apologize to fans after viral video raised eyebrows

Zuchu forced to apologize to fans after viral video raised eyebrows

Guardian Angel weds Esther Musila in private wedding [Photos]

Guardian Angel weds Esther Musila in private wedding [Photos]

I'm not in the US - Eddie Ndichu's photos explained

I'm not in the US - Eddie Ndichu's photos explained

Kenyans rate Kabogo's Karate skills [Video]

Kenyans rate Kabogo's Karate skills [Video]