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Google launches one of the first ever drone delivery services

Google launches one of the first ever drone delivery services

Google launches one of the first ever drone delivery services beating Amazon to it.  A startup owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet has just secured approval for one of the first ever drone delivery services.

Google launches one of the first ever drone delivery services

Wing, which graduated to become its own company under the Alphabet brand last year , will launch its first commercial delivery service in Canberra, Australia.

The company confirmed the move in a blog on Tuesday after it secured approval from Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) following a successful trial. A CASA spokesman confirmed to Business Insider that it had approved the delivery service and said it is “very likely” to be a world first.

A startup owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet has just secured approval for one of the first ever drone delivery services.

Wing, which graduated to become its own company under the Alphabet brand last year , will launch its first commercial delivery service in Canberra, Australia.

The company confirmed the move in a blog on Tuesday after it secured approval from Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) following a successful trial. A CASA spokesman confirmed to Business Insider that it had approved the delivery service and said it is “very likely” to be a world first.

The trial completed without a safety incident, but it was not without drawbacks. Australia’s ABC News reported that some Canberra locals were driven to tears by the noise of the drones . “With the windows closed, even with double glazing, you can hear the drones,” one local said.

The CASA spokesman told Business Insider that the Wing service will be subject to a number of conditions to guarantee safety. The conditions include:

“Wing has already conducted thousands of drone deliveries in Canberra with an approval from CASA. Safety data from these trials was carefully assessed by CASA before approval was given for the operations in North Canberra,” the CASA spokesman added.

Wing’s launch in Australia means it has beaten Amazon to the punch. Jeff Bezos said its commercial drone delivery service would be available to public in 2018 , but despite testing it is not yet ready.

Wing is also targeting Europe. The company has been piloting its devices in Helsinki, Finland, since December last year . It chose Finland as a testing ground because the Finnish people are “renowned for being early-adopters of new technologies.”

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