Published: Fri, April 12, 2019
Markets | By Erika Turner

Google's Wing Launches Drone Delivery Service 04/10/2019

Google's Wing Launches Drone Delivery Service 04/10/2019

The air delivery service will be able to deliver products such as fresh food, hot coffee or over-the-counter chemist items to users in minutes.

Google has been given the go-ahead to run a drone delivery service in Australia.

FAA documents associated with the application said Wing Aviation was proposing to conduct package deliveries using small fixed-wing drones in a rural area of the United States. This Tuesday, the company received the "OK" from Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).

He declined to name the partner, but to date, the only air carrier certificate application for a drone carrier listed on a USA government website has come from Wing Aviation LLC, a subsidiary of Google's parent, Alphabet Inc.

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.

There are conditions attached: the drones can only fly at certain times, they can't fly over main roads, and they need to stay at a safe distance from people.

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'They used a drone to deliver ice cream to a 5-year-old boy in his backyard, ' he said at the Singapore conference. It's one of the first high-profile drone delivery options to get approved for public use anywhere, which is significant on its own. The drones will only be allowed to fly during the day and not before 08:00 AEST at the weekend.

Wing estimated that its drone delivery service could add as much as $28.5 million to Australia's annual revenue at its full capacity, The Guardian reported.

CASA says the safety of the local residents will not be jeopardized by the drones.

The new delivery service will start to be operational in a few weeks and will start operating in a few neighbourhoods in Canberra first before expanding to the entire city.

Google's Wing unit is not alone is trying to make drone deliveries a reality.

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