Australia’s aviation authority has given Google the go-ahead to launch the world’s first commercial drone home delivery service.
Wing—a subsidiary of Google’s parent company, Alphabet, which was created through corporate restructuring of Google in 2015—will deliver medicine, coffee and takeaway food to 100 homes in Canberra.
The drones have been tested since 2014. The aviation authority, Casa, approved the commercial service despite noise complaints from residents during the trials, judging that the company’s safety record and operational plans met requirements.
The drones will only be allowed to fly during the day and not before 8am local time at the weekend, and Wing must use a quieter model of drone than those that prompted the complaints.
Source: BBC News
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