After months of testing, Wing’s division of Google’s parent company, AlphaT, launched the unmanned aircraft delivery service in Australia, which will cover about 100 homes on the outskirts of the cities of Harris, Palmerston and Franklin, outside the capital, Canberra.
Customers will be able to order small items, such as medicines, coffee and groceries, from a group of local companies, while Wing says it will slowly expand to include more neighborhoods “in the coming weeks and months” and “connect with more local companies” To expand products available for ordering.
The team began its project within Google X to test unmanned aircraft in Australia since 2014, and the company planned to launch a commercial service in 2017, but it clearly failed.
Instead, Wing cooperated with the Mexican food chain Guzman Y Gomez and Chemist Warehouse for some advanced experiments in October 2017. Since then, Wing 3000 has offered packages to homes in Fernleigh Park, Royalla and Bonython – three communities south of Canberra, near the border between Australian Capital Territory and New South Wales.
The service has been approved by CASA, but Wing is not allowed to fly its unmanned aircraft before 7 am Monday to Saturday and until 8 am on Sundays and public holidays. To fly over homes but must avoid major roads such as the Barton Highway, the Federal Highway and Hors Park Drive