Google is charging ahead with their drone delivery plans in spite of a few setbacks. Unlike Amazon’s efforts, Google is focusing their research and development on disaster relief. Picture UAVs flying out to hard to reach places, delivering key supplies during emergency situations.
This isn’t a far fetched idea, drone enthusiasts have already been using their consumer level drones to help search and rescue efforts. In June, I wrote a story titled “During a Texas Flood, a Drone Pilot Rescues Flood Victims.” In that story, I reported that Joshua Fire Department volunteer Garrett Bryl used his DJI Inspire 1 nicknamed “Valkyrie” during rescue efforts. Garrett was able to use to his drone to deliver life vests and safety line to a couple trapped by a flood. Not bad Garrett, not bad at all.
Despite recent setbacks, Google seems to be charging ahead with Project Wing, its drone-based delivery service. A new video by Aaref Hilaly of Sequoia Capital shows one of the Google X initiative’s drones dropping off a package and flying off …
Hilaly says that Google promises the drones can travel five miles in five minutes.
About Google Project Wing
Project Wing is a Google
Google X, stylized as Google[x], is a semi-secret facility run by Google dedicated to making major technological advancements. It is located about a half mile from Google’s corporate headquarters, the Googleplex, in Mountain View, California. Work at the lab is overseen by Sergey Brin, one of Google’s co-founders and President of Alphabet, while scientist and entrepreneur Astro Teller (Captain of Moonshots) directs day-to-day activities. Teller says that they aim to improve technologies by a factor of 10, and to develop “science fiction-sounding solutions.” The lab started up in 2010 with the development of a self-driving car.