Google Launches Wing, First Public Service Delivery Drone


Alphabet, Google’s parent company, launches it’s first public drone delivery service called “Wing”, in Canberra, Australia. Wing was granted regulatory approval by the country’s aviation authority, CASA, after an18 month trial and 3,000 deliveries.

The drone functions as a service delivery company in partnership with local businesses including coffee shops and pharmacies to deliver their products rapidly.

According to the laid down regulations, the delivery company will have some restrictions in its operations —Around 100 homes in the suburbs of Crace, Palmerston, and Franklin will initially have access to the service, but in the coming months the company plans to expand it to homes in Harrison and Gungahlin.

Drones will also be allowed to fly between 7am- 8pm on Mondays to Friday, or 8am – 8pm on Sundays. —They will not be allowed to fly over main roads and — they will be restricted from flying too close to people. —Customers in eligible homes will also be given a safety briefing about interacting with the drones.

Wing, which is perhaps the world’s first commercial drone according to Business insider, as it has beaten its contemporaries like Amazon, Israeli start-ups to deliver service to the public.