Google Wing has launched its first home drone delivery service in Australia after testing the unmanned aerial vehicle for five years.
Wing, autonomous delivery drone service owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet is designed to transport takeaway food, coffee and medicines via the aerial service to about 100 homes in Canberra, the capital of Australia.
It’s available to only 100 eligible homes in the suburbs of Crace, Palmerston and Franklin as part of its Early Flyer program. Wing promises to gradually expand to more customers in Harrison and Gungahlin in the coming weeks and months.
The move marked a green-light Australia’s aviation authority gave Wing to begin the service after examining its safety record and operational plans. It concluded that Google Wing is safe to citizens and other aircraft. Previously, Google Wing received complains from Australia about the noise, during the testing stages. Wing said that the feedback was “valuable” and encouraged citizens to “continue the dialogue.”
The service delivers small packages which are lowered into customers’ home territory on a string. However, drones delivery promise is limited. Wing will only deliver during the day and after 8am AEST on the weekend.
The Wing is currently delivering goods from companies such as Kickstart Expresso, Capital Chemist, Pure Gelato, Jasper + Myrtle, Bakers Delight, Guzman Y Gomez, and Drummond Golf. It encourages local merchants who wish to reach more customers faster, safer and more sustainably to get in touch with Wing.