Wing, a subsidiary of Alphabet (Google), has just launched its first commercial UAV delivery service in the Canberra region – after a long period of testing, Google received the green light from Australian authorities.
With its subsidiary Wing, Alphabet has been experimenting with the concept of UAV delivery for several years. Google’s parent company has just taken another critical step by launching its first commercial UAV delivery service in Australia. After obtaining approval from the civil aviation, authorities Google Wing made its first air delivery to North Canberra, Reuters reported.
According to Medium, the service allows customers to order items such as fresh food, hot coffee or over-the-counter pharmacy items. By completing the transaction on a smartphone through the Wing apps, a drone then delivers in a few minutes. Initially, the service is targeting only a “limited number” of eligible households in the suburbs of Crace, Palmerston and Franklin. Only Google plans customer will have the opportunity to access the service. Gradually, Harrison and Gungahlin will have this service. All these suburbs are located in the Gungahlin district north of Canberra, Australia’s capital.
Alphabet’s subsidiary has approached local companies to be able to deliver its products as quickly as possible. “Wing has been testing drone delivery to Australia since 2014. Over the past 18 months, Wing has delivered over 3,000 over-the-counter food, small household items and pharmaceutical products to Australian homes in Fernleigh Park, Royalla and Bonython,” the firm says.