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Tech & ScienceAlphabet's Wing to deliver goods by drone

14:30  06 december  2018
14:30  06 december  2018 Source:

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Project Wing is Alphabet ' s project to build delivery drones , with a Ultimately Alphabet envisions drones being able to transport lightweight goods more rapidly and reliably than is Participants in the tests were able to use the Project Wing app to direct drones to deliver items to a number of locations.

Project Wing is an autonomous delivery drone service aiming to increase access to goods , reduce traffic congestion in cities, and help ease the CO2 emissions attributable to the transportation of goods . Wing is also developing an unmanned traffic management platform that will allow unmanned aircraft

Alphabet's Wing to deliver goods by drone © Provided by AFPRelaxNews Wing isscheduled to start delivering goods by drone in Finland next year.

Don't have time to leave work to grab a lunch? Don't worry, if you're in Finland, Alphabet's Wing can deliver you a hot meal via drone.

Last July, Google's parent company Alphabet spun off Wing -- a project that first made headlines by delivering Chipotle burritos to college students by drone -- to become its own separate company, and, starting in spring of next year, its drone delivery services will be expanding to Helsinki, Finland.

Over the past year and a half, Wing has been testing its services in south-eastern Australia; the company has tracked thousands of deliveries transporting various foods, drinks, medicine, and other household items, as well as the customers' experiences. In fact, on the Wing site, the company is requesting users' opinions as to what would be the most useful items to transport by drone: OTC medicine, meals, groceries, "emergency" essentials including diapers and ice scrapers, or other, which you can fill in with anything.

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Google parent Alphabet Inc’ s Wing will launch drone deliveries in Finland in the Spring of 2019, according to a statement. The company announced that it will start to deliver goods and packages up to 3.3 pounds in a range of 6.2 miles in Helsinki.

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Helsinki was selected for the official launch of the drone service, because the community is popularly known to be welcoming towards new technologies. Plus, the winter weather in Finland can be pretty intense, so if the drones can manage to deliver despite the harsh outdoor conditions, they can probably deliver anywhere.

As the world is becoming more environmentally-conscious and more supportive of small businesses, Wing-branded drones could potentially make a more sustainable alternative to traditional delivery services while allowing local businesses to transport a large number of products to customers in just minutes.

Orders can be made through the Wing delivery app, which will prompt a drone to fly to a business or home to pick up the corresponding package. Once the product is acquired, the drone will then gently drop it off in a precise location at a designated destination. The Unmanned Traffic Management platform ensures that while on these routes, drones don't hit one another or any other obstacles like trees or buildings.

Wing's success in Helsinki over the upcoming months will determine how quickly and how far the service expands.

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