Google's drone delivery service just got approved for public use in Australia

Lloyd Doyle
April 11, 2019

Wing, a company spun out of Alphabet's secret research laboratory X, has been testing its delivery services for the last 18 months in Australia and the United States in a race to find new ways of delivering goods by drone while reducing urban traffic congestion.

The drone-delivery venture owned by Wing has allowed Google to defeat Amazon, which had claimed that it would ready its drone delivery service by 2018.

Once the order is placed, a Wing drone will take flight "within minutes" to deliver the goods.

If you live in Canberra why not drop by Wing's Australian website and just register, you never know whos going to be next!

It will be slow to start, only being available in Canberra suburbs of Crace, Palmerston and Franklin, but it's expected to expand quickly.

Wing's service has seen around 3,000 deliveries to households for 18 months.

The drones will deliver food and drinks as well as medication directly to clients' homes. Wing was able to win regulatory approval from Australia's Civil Aviation Safety Authority after almost five years of tests in the country. During the service's trial period, residents outside Canberra launched the Bonython Against Drones campaign, complaining loud drones disrupted the peace in local neighborhoods, BBC News reported. As part of the agency's new policy, drone deliveries will only be conducted on weekdays between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Launch partners include restaurants Kickstart Expresso, Pure Gelato, Bakers Delight, Guzman Y Gomez, and Jasper + Myrtle chocolatiers, as well as Capital Chemist and Drummond Golf (for all your last-minute putting needs).

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