We all know Google has this Google X technology research branch which usually comes up with crazy ideas that prove themselves worthy of international appraisal, such as the Google self – driving car for example. We all know that Google got very interested into delivery drones to fly to remote areas and service regular customers even, but it made some efforts to keep things quiet until they had something to boast about. That day has come today, as Google finally made public their Project Wing: Google delivery drones can fly for thousands and miles and they can deliver anything from food to first – aid materials.
test flights delivering candy, water, medicine, dog treats and other items to two farmers in Queensland, Australia
If you remember, last year, Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos announced his intentions to use flying drones to deliver the ordered goods to the customers’ doors.
Back in the day, we reported that Bezos was waiting for the FAA approval and that he was trying to bring innovation in a country that has very strict laws and regulations when it comes to commercial drones’ activity.
After Facebook lost Titan Aerospace to Google and after Amazon did everything possible to convince the FAA that drone testing was for the benefit of mankind, here comes Google again, succeeding once more.
Of course, their success will probably motivate the other tech giants interested in drone deliveries to take action and even mellow down the FAA or convince it that drones flying all over the place is not as dangerous as perceived. However, time will tell.
In total, 30 successful delivery flights of about 1km were made over the course of a week. Google said it selected these items “based on several conversations with local people – ranging from emergency services teams to fire crews to farmers – about how aerial delivery might help them in their jobs”.
Google spokesman Ray Gobberg said it was too soon to discuss specific business plans for the delivery drones, but the company said on its website that self-flying vehicles could offer a cheaper, faster and less wasteful way to move goods.
If analysts’ predictions become true, and they probably will, in the next few years we will see the tech behemoths’ battlefront placed in the e – commerce and fast deliveries market. With Google and Amazon confronting directly, there are going to be interesting times. And if Bezos is right, at some point in the future, seeing drones hovering above us is going to be perceived as normal as walking your dog.