Google has been developing delivery drones for two years (Wired UK)

Introducing Project WingGoogle

Google X, the tech giant’s “moonshot” lab, has spent the last
two years building an aerial drone that can deliver goods across
the country. The company calls the effort Project Wing.

Revealed today in a story from The Atlantic, the project is reminiscent of work underway
at Amazon.com. Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos revealed the
retailer’s drone ambitions this past holiday
shopping season
during an appearance on the popular TV news
magazine 60 Minutes.

“Self-flying vehicles could open up entirely new approaches to
moving things around — including options that are faster, cheaper,
less wasteful, and more environmentally sensitive than the way we
do things today,” a Google spokesperson said in an email to
Wired.

According the company, the Project Wing team recently tested its
drone prototypes in Australia, delivering packages to a pair of
local farmers. The company said it would not agree to additional
interviews about the project. “The vehicle you see in our video is
more a research vehicle than an indication of a final decision or
direction — as we figure out exactly what our service will deliver
and where and why, we will look at a variety of vehicle options
(both home-made and off-the-shelf),” the spokesperson said.

A white paper released by the company says that the Google X
team first discussed the idea of building flying vehicles in 2011,
and that in July 2012, Nick Roy, of the MIT Aeronautics &
Astronautics program, joined the company to explore the
possibilities. Originally, the paper says, the aim was to use
drones to deliver defibrillators to heart attack victims.

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29 August 2014 | 9:10 am – Source: wired.co.uk

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