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Google drone deliveries cleared for take-off in Australia

Google drone deliveries cleared for take-off in Australia

Users can order their goods on the Wing app and the drone will deliver the products to a customer's door in minutes, according to the company.

Alphabet owned drone-delivery service Wing has launched its first commercial air delivery service in North Canberra partnering with a number of local businesses.

Wing has been testing drone delivery in Australia since 2014.

Wing was spun out of Alphabet's X research division in July past year to become an independent company within Alphabet and is part of the Other Bets division. The company has been making trial deliveries by drone for the a year ago and a half in Canberra without making any mistakes.

The Australian aviation authority granted Wing permission to operate a commercial drone delivery service after evaluating the company's safety record and operational plans, BBC News reported.

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Wing estimated that its drone delivery service could add as much as $28.5 million to Australia's annual revenue at its full capacity, The Guardian reported.

The program is expected to take off soon, starting with 100 eligible homes in the Canberra suburbs of Crace, Palmerston, and Franklin, before expanding into Harrison and Gungahlin.

The approval was granted subject to certain restrictions, including daytime operating hours, restrictions against crossing over major roads, and a minimum altitude they must maintain. Customers getting the drone delivery service will also have to receive a safety briefing about interacting with drones.

CASA says the safety of the local residents will not be jeopardized by the drones.

Furthermore, it is suggested that Wing will continue to work with local policymakers, regulators and more to further enhance the service. We look forward to continuing this dialogue with the Canberra community as we expand Wing's service.


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