Google is known for its innovation and state of the art ventures. This ranges from Google’s Self-Driving car to Project Ara. Lately companies, such as Amazon and Domino’s Pizza, have been venturing into drone technology to expand and improve their customer service. Now, Google will do the same.
Thursday Google X announced that it is developing a system of drones to deliver goods. So far, Google’s Project Wing prototype has seen success. The prototype is about 5 ft wide, 2.5 ft high. single-winged, and has four propellers that move into different positions. It can carry supplies, such as “candy bars, dog treats, cattle vaccines, water, and radios”, as it has to two farmers in Queensland, Australia earlier.
This insurgence of companies testing drone technology may be a bit early because commercial drone use is nearly banned in the US. The FAA was considering regulations to change that, but the regulator is moving carefully because the technology is still potential dangerous and conflicts with interest of privacy.
Google has been working on drones since 2011. It aims to have these drones flying programmed routes with the push of a button. Making these routes won’t be an easy task either. Google will have to plan tracks that respect people’s privacy, avoid any natural object, and be short enough to make speedy deliveries.
Here’s a video of Project Wing in action
The company hopes that this project will create new growth opportunities by moving products around more efficiently. More about Project Wing. It is lead by Nick Roy, an associate professor of aeronautics and astronautics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
As far as goods go, it’ll be interesting what Google will deliver. Will it be just products from the Play Store, or will it be more? Who knows, all we can do is dream and hope.