Tech giant Alphabet’s Wing launches drone delivery service in Australia

This particular image shows a Wing delivery drone flying during a demonstration at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, U.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018.

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This particular image shows a Wing delivery drone flying during a demonstration at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, U.S., on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018.

Wing, an initiative of Google’s parent company Alphabet, has launched a drone based commercial delivery service in Australia’s capital city, Canberra.

In a blog post Tuesday, Wing said that will the service would likely enable users to order items including fresh food, coffee, in addition to over-the-counter chemist items using a mobile app. Once an order can be placed, a drone will be able to make deliveries “in minutes.” To begin with, the service will be available to a limited number of eligible homes in three suburbs: Crace, Palmerston in addition to Franklin.

Testing for drone delivery in Australia has been taking place since 2014, Wing said. The last 18 months have seen the idea deliver goods over 3,000 times to Australian homes, the idea added.

In a statement Tuesday, Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) said that will Wing had “satisfied us that will their operation meets an acceptable level of safety.”

Wing, the idea explained, had been required to submit a safety case as part of their application, which included information relating to the reliability of its drones.

“Following an assessment of the safety case, we have permitted Wing to operate over North Canberra in addition to in closer proximity to a person, than our regulations would likely normally permit,” CASA added.

The system used by Wing can be automated, according to CASA, although “a licensed pilot can be always at the helm.”

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