Google Drones Cleared to Start Deliveries in Canberra, Australia

Google Drones Cleared to Start Deliveries in Canberra, Australia

The company said it had been testing drone delivery since 2014 and had delivered food, small household items and pharmaceuticals on more than 3000 occasions to homes in the Fernleigh Park, Royalla and Bonython communities.

Wing drones are ready to deliver fresh food to customers' doors in Australia.

Alphabet owned drone-delivery service Wing has launched its first commercial air delivery service in North Canberra partnering with a number of local businesses.

There are conditions attached: the drones can only fly at certain times, they can't fly over main roads, and they need to stay at a safe distance from people. Assuming everything goes according to plan, it will expand to the suburbs of Harrison and Gungahlin in the following months.

The idea was to develop a drone capable of home deliveries, similar to the way in which Amazon is looking to utilise drone technology.

Deliveries of day-to-day products via drones are another step towards commercializing drones and popularizing the tech that seems to have got lost in the wild. Wing's promotional videos are dubbed with plenty of voice-over and music, but you can't actually hear the noise made by the drones as they travel over neighbourhoods.

Citing data from am AlphaBeta study, Project Wing said estimates showed that, at scale, drone delivery could add $30 million to $40 million in annual revenue for ACT businesses.

The new delivery service will start to be operational in a few weeks and will start operating in a few neighbourhoods in Canberra first before expanding to the entire city.

Winged drones will only be allowed to fly 11-12 hours a day and they must be piloted, rather than fully automated.

Currently, the internet giant is only operating its drone delivery service in parts of the US with trials set to start in the United Kingdom.



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