Wing, the unmanned aircraft startup owned by Alphabet, will launch a delivery service in the Finnish capital, Helsinki, next month. The test will make deliveries to residents in the Vuosaari district of the city, which Wing points out is the most populated area of the capital. The service will offer products from two stores: the gourmet supermarket Herkku Food Market and the local restaurant Cafe Monami.
When Wing first announced its intention to launch a test in Finland, it said delivery flights would cover a maximum of 10 km with packages. with a weight of 1.5 kg or less, and delivery times are expected to be around 10 minutes. Since he made the announcement, Wing has made test flights in Teisko, a municipality north of Helsinki, to ensure that his drones are up to the task of flying in adverse conditions.
Wing says he has been organizing community events in Vuosaari to prepare local residents for the drones that will soon fly over their neighborhood. However, the company's drones have been criticized in the past for the amount of noise they produce. During a trial period in the Australian capital of Canberra, some residents told ABC News that they could hear the drones flying over their heads even with their windows closed.
These reports were apparently not serious enough to discourage the Australian aviation authority from granting Wing regulatory approval to begin making public deliveries. Not long after, the FAA did the same and granted its approval for the company to begin deliveries in the US. UU Wing plans to begin making deliveries in Virginia in the coming months.
While Wing is strengthened, the Prime Air delivery service of the Amazon competition has been silenced. Despite a highly publicized delivery of drones in the UK in 2016, and another delivery in the United States in 2017, we have not heard much about Amazon's drones efforts in recent years. Last year, an Amazon spokesman said he remained "committed" to making deliveries of unmanned aircraft a reality.