San Diego, One of 10 Winners of a Federal Drone Program, to Test Delivery and Border Surveillance

(TNS) — SAN DIEGO — The futuristic possibilities associated with autonomous, commercial drone activity — think food and package delivery, medical supply transport or enhanced border security — will be realized in San Diego, and soon.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced that the city was selected to participate in its experimental commercial drone program, called the “Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration Pilot Program.”

The city, in partnership with the city of Chula Vista, Calif., and San Diego’s Regional Economic Development Corporation, applied earlier this year for the program to push the limits of commercial drone testing in real-world environments. The program is also meant help the Federal Aviation Administration develop ground rules around commercial drone use across the country.

San Diego was one of 10 winning agencies, selected from a field of 149 city and state applicants. Other winners include the states of Kansas, Virginia and North

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