Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos has hinted that the UK could be one of the first to deliver using drones.
The online giant is working on Prime Air at a number of research centres including one in Cambridge.
“One day Prime Air deliveries will be as common as seeing a mail truck,” he said in an interview with The Telegraph.
“The technical problems are very straight ahead. The biggest issue, or the biggest thing that needs to be worked on, is the regulatory side.
“In the scheme of things the UK regulatory agencies have been very advanced. The FAA [the US aviation regulator] is catching up a little here in the US, but the UK has been, I’d say, a very encouraging example of good regulation. I think we like what we see there.”
He said the introduction of drones is likely to be years away rather than months.