Your next burrito can be delivered by a drone. Google`s drone delivery service gets a “thumbs up” from FAA, and that means they can start delivering food and drinks to households. Right in front of your door.
Earlier this month, Wing, which is one of the many companies belonging to the tech giant Alphabet (Google), got a “thumbs up” from CASA in Australia. The company has been making trial deliveries by drones for the last year and a half in Canberra without making any mistakes.
CASA gave its approval after testing the safety of the drones, its traffic management system, maintenance, the drone pilot training and operational plans. «There are no risks to pedestrians, real estate or other aircraft,» the test concluded.
This is good for businesses because the cost of the delivery will be dramatically reduced. Google is first on the market but others will follow very soon. Amazon will come. So will Lyft, Uber, UPS and FedEx to name a few. The Game of Drones in on.
The transportation of goods has also added to the increase of CO2 gases emitted into the atmosphere. In the U.S alone, 27% of greenhouse gas emissions come from transportation.
Project Wing is an autonomous delivery drone service aiming to increase access to goods, reduce traffic congestion in cities, and help ease the CO2 emissions attributable to the transportation of goods.
Wing is also developing an unmanned traffic management platform that will allow unmanned aircraft to navigate around other drones, manned aircraft, and other obstacles like trees, buildings and power lines.
Light energy-efficient design enables the drones to fly up to 120 km/h, driven entirely by an all-electric power system with zero carbon emissions.
Wing has conducted tens of thousands of test flights both in the U.S and in Australia over the past six years. The team learned that integration into emergency medical services was it own huge task. Developing safe and reliable drone technology was a challenge unto itself.
So, they hones their focus on redesigning the system to transport small packages, across many everyday situations, where the speed of delivery was a significant factor. In 2016, the team delivered burritos to students at Virginia Tech in what was, at the time, the largest and longest drone delivery test on U.S soil.
Food is a great test case for drone delivery technology because it`s fragile and temperature sensitive and therefore needs to be delivered quickly and carefully.
Wing is developing a new method of transporting goods that
s faster, cheaper, and more environmentally friendly that whats possible today on the ground. The Game of drones is on.
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