While already testing its internet balloons project and looking to implement it in other remote areas across the globe, Google has now announced that it will be launching its own drone delivery project by 2017, and the same has been dubbed as “Project Wing”.
Through this service, the Internet-to-everything giant is planning to deliver consumer goods and products from door-to-door by unmanned aircraft in under 30 minutes. These unmanned aircrafts will obviously be indigenously developed by Google.
While drones have garnered massive interests, specially from ecommerce giants like Amazon and Alibaba, Google’s ‘project Wing’ is the first such official announcement of a drone delivery service. The announcement came from David Vos, the project leader for the delivery service.
Vos further said,
Our goal is to have commercial business up and running in 2017.
No details have been given about what type of drones Google might use for the service nor what type of packages they will be delivering.
Google’s drone delivery project isn’t new though. Minor details regarding the project started coming out in 2014, when the project was reportedly under Google’s secretive X Lab — now a part of the parent holding company Alphabet.
For that early work the company built its own drones and flew them in trials in Australia.
According to a report from BBC, Google’s project Wing octocopters could ferry 2.3kg of goods to customers within 30 minutes of an order being placed.