Drone delivery services ain’t any more a sci-fi tale for the public as Google’s Wing made its debut public delivery using the drone service. Owned by Google parent company Alphabet, Wing began delivering its first orders to customers in Canberra, Australia via flying drones. Google’s Wing drone deliveries will now only be available in three suburbs: Palmerston, Franklin and Crace. It’ll gradually expand its offering over time, but for now, Wing’s deliveries sound somewhat limited.
Google’s Wing was spun out of Alphabet’s X research division in July last year to become an independent company within Alphabet and is part of the Other Bets division. It is headed by James Ryan Burgess. Wing envisions a future when everyone can have access to goods they need as soon as they need them, delivered straight to their doorstep.“Wing has been testing drone delivery in Australia since 2014. Over the past 18 months, Wing has delivered food, small household items and over the counter chemist products more than 3,000 times to Australian homes in Fernleigh Park, Royalla and Bonython communities,” said Team Wing.
Google’s Wing was able to win regulatory approval from Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority after nearly five years of tests in the country. Wing had said in December it would launch its first European delivery service in Finland in the spring of 2019. They can deliver food, over-the-counter drugs and coffee, but only during daytime and without flying over major roads. Google’s Wing strongly believes that by working together with local policymakers, regulators, and communities, they can improve access to services, open up new economic opportunities, and better connect cities.