Wing, the unmanned delivery company owned by Alphabet, Google's parent company, is launching its first public unmanned delivery service in Canberra, Australia, after it was granted by the country's aeronautical authority regulatory approval. Around 100 homes in the suburbs of Crace, Palmerston and Franklin will initially have access to the service, but in the next few months the company plans to expand it to homes in Harrison and Gungahlin.
The service works by partnering with local businesses Including coffee shops and pharmacies to deliver their products "in minutes". Regulatory approval of Wing comes with restrictions. Drones can not fly on the main roads, they can only fly between 7 am and 8 pm Monday through Friday (or between 8 am and 8 pm on Sundays), and they will not be able to fly too close to people. Clients in eligible households will also receive a safety briefing on how to interact with drones.
Wing predicts that deliveries of drones could be worth as much as AU $ 30 to AU $ 40 million for companies in the area, and says that drones could deliver up to one in four orders by 2030.
Business Insider reports that the Australian regulator, CASA, said the launch was" very likely "to be the first time in the world. It means that the unmanned delivery company of Google has hit Amazon to offer a commercial service to the general public. Despite a series of high-profile test deliveries in the United Kingdom and the United States, Amazon's service has not yet been commercially launched. Last year, an Amazon spokesperson told Associated Press that the company is still "committed to realizing our goal of delivering drone packs in 30 minutes or less."
the Alphabet's corporate umbrella last year along with people like Waymo and Loon, after having been previously classified as a X XI project. In December, Wing announced that it was launching a test service in Finland where it would offer 10-minute free deliveries within the country's capital.
It is not only Amazon who competes with Wing to offer deliveries of unmanned aircraft. The new Israeli company Flytrex began testing its own drone logistics service in Iceland in 2017 and Flirtey was making deliveries of commercial drones for 7-Eleven in the United States since 2016. More recently, UPS partnered with Matternet to experiment with the use of unmanned aircraft to provide supplies in north carolina.