Google tests drone deliveries in Project Wing trials2014-08-29 08:55 by Daniela
Google is working on a delivery system called Project Wing that will use what it's calling "self-flying" drones to bring goods to people.
In a recent research trip in Australia, the company delivered packages including chocolate bars, dog treats and cattle vaccines to two farmers in Queensland. The deliveries were made by a 1.5m-wide (5ft) single-wing drone prototype that has four propellers that move into different positions for different stages of flight. Packages fit into a gap in the middle of the wing.
The search giant has been working on the service for two years, and it is the latest project announced by Google X, the division of the company that works on Google's most ambitious projects. Other X initiatives include self-driving cars and the connected headset Google Glass.
Google is not the only company to develop flying drones. Rival Amazon.com Inc.is also testing delivery drones, and Domino's Pizza Inc. tested delivering pies via drone in 2013.
The rush to the skies comes despite the fact that commercial drone use is mostly banned in the U.S. The Federal Aviation Administration is considering regulations to change that and in June approved the first commercial drone flight over land-for energy giant BP PLC in Alaska. But the regulator is moving carefully because the technology is potentially dangerous and raises privacy concerns.
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