Google Wing Delivers Food Meds to Australians Via Drone

first_img Google’s Project Wing drone delivery service will take to the skies over Australia’s capital “in the coming weeks.”After 18 months of trials, Project Wing—an offshoot of Google parent company Alphabet—earned approval to deliver goods to Canberra residents.“Our service allows customers to order a range of items such as fresh food, hot coffee, or over-the-counter [pharmacist] items on our mobile app, and have them delivered directly to their homes by drone in minutes,” a Wing blog announcement said.Local aviation watchdog Casa this week signed off on the scheme, according to The Guardian, which reported that traffic management, maintenance, pilot training, and operational plans have been examined.“All those safety issues have been assessed so there are no risks to people on the ground, property, or aircraft in the sky, Casa spokesman Peter Gibson told the paper.Approval has been granted with “strict conditions,” including daylight-only operating hours; the drones are banned from crossing major roads, and must maintain a minimum distance from people on the ground.The program is expected to take off soon, starting with 100 eligible homes in the Canberra suburbs of Crace, Palmerston, and Franklin, before expanding into Harrison and Gungahlin.Launch partners include restaurants Kickstart Expresso, Pure Gelato, Bakers Delight, Guzman Y Gomez, and Jasper + Myrtle chocolatiers, as well as Capital Chemist and Drummond Golf (for all your last-minute putting needs).“Wing strongly believes that by working together with local policymakers, regulators, and communities, we can improve access to services, open up new economic opportunities, and better connect our cities,” the blog said.Potential customers in Gungahlin and local merchants can sign up online for more information.Drone deliveries are gaining popularity around the globe.Last year, one-month-old Joy Nowai became the world’s first child to be given a vaccine delivered by drone to the remote South Pacific island of Vanuatu. And in March, UPS announced a new program to transport medical samples via drone.More on Drones Outdo Human ExpertsBoeing Unveils ‘Wingman’ Drone That Could Fly Alongside Fighter JetsYou May Soon Be Able to Fly Drones Over a Crowd, At NightDronestagram Reveals Winners of Drone Photography Contest Stay on target Climate Activists Use Drones to Shut Down Heathrow Airport Next MonthUPS Wants to Bring Drone Deliveries to U.S. Hospitals last_img read more