Google[x] Proceeding With Drone Delivery Service “Project Wing”

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Google[x] Proceeding With Drone Delivery Service “Project Wing”

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.

Watch a test of Google’s Project Wing delivery drone

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About Google Project Wing

Project Wing is a Google

[x] project that is developing a delivery system that uses self-flying vehicles. As part of our research, we built a vehicle and traveled to Queensland, Australia for some test flights. There, we successfully delivered a first aid kit, candy bars, dog treats, and water to a couple of Australian farmers. We’re only just beginning to develop the technology to make a safe delivery system possible, but we think that there’s tremendous potential to transport goods more quickly, safely and efficiently.

About Google[x]

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.

By | 2017-08-31T15:24:07+00:00 October 20th, 2015|Drone Delivery, Drone Services, Drones, First Responder|Comments Off on Google[x] Proceeding With Drone Delivery Service “Project Wing”

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