Search giant Google carried out test on its ambitious project involving autonomous delivery drones in Queensland to find out its success rate so as to make its commercial launch.
After trying its charm in almost every sector ranging from autonomous cars to software and online travel guide, the company is now expanding its market reach into the commerce and package delivery industry.
Under a two-year program ‘Project Wing,’ Google is working on developing autonomous machines that can be used in delivery purposes in best possible minimal time.
The drones’ Project Wing is a part of Google X, which is part of R&D division of Google. Google X is also working on the company’s another ambitious project developing self-driving cars.
According to the Google X research lab, a team of scientists and engineers are working on developing a system of flying drones that could be used in several delivery purposes, ranging from food and water to everyday household appliances, under their prototype known as “Project Wing.”
Google said that the main goal of Project Wing is to develop autonomous flying drones that can be used to deliver wide-variety of things at the time of disasters as a part of relief operations to isolated areas.
Google chose Queensland to carry tests on drones as Australia offers relaxed rules on using the equipment.
During the experiment, the company tested the success rate of delivering packages by these automated flying machines to remote farms from neighbouring properties.
Talking about the drone’s design, Google says it has 1.5m wingspan and four electric propellers which help it in driving.
When on ground, the drone sits on its tail and with the help of the four propellers it is lifted into the air. Once it’s in the sky, the drone flips into a horizontal flying mode. The aircraft weighs 8.5 kg and has a capacity to carry 1.5 kg of additional weight, hence, totaling the weight to 10kg.
Talking about the long term prospects of the Google’s project, Ryan Calo, a robotics expert and law professor at the University of Washington, says, “I am not sure that Google is in any better of a position than Amazon or anyone else as far as technology goes, but the company does have an impressive track record as far as being massively influential.
Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, says, “The innovative project is the next step toward a technological society. It is ultimately where we are headed socially. This is now how the world is working.”
Meanwhile, the search giant appears very positive in terms of bringing drones at your doorstep.
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