Google's drone delivery service takes off in Australia

Google's drone delivery service takes off in Australia

The drones lower small items to the front yards of eligible residences by string.

The flying drones are autonomous and can travel up to 120km/h using an electric power system, which Wing claims has zero carbon emissions. Crucially, though, Wing is allowed to pilot its drones five meters above and two meters to the side of people while making deliveries - a dramatically shorter distance than the typical 30-meter rule in Australia.

Wing, owned by Google's parent company Alphabet, will deliver takeaway food, coffee and medicines by drone to about 100 homes in Canberra. The team, which started as a massively-ambitious "moonshot" project inside X (then called Google X) has been testing drones in Australia since 2014. It'll gradually expand its offering over time, but for now, Wing's deliveries sound somewhat limited. This Tuesday, the company received the "OK" from Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).

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Drone deliveries are gaining popularity around the globe.

"The feedback we have received during the trials has been valuable, helping us to refine our operations to better meet the needs and expectations of the communities in which we operate", the company stated. 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. Wing is looking to partner with more companies in the future who are looking to "reach more customers faster, safer and more sustainably". The aviation authority says Wing must use this quieter drone for its commercial service.

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