Wing Aviation LLC, a subsidiary from Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc, has made its first successful drone delivery in Canberra, Australia after getting approval from Australia’s Civil Aviation Authority. In the beginning, the drone delivery services will only be available to eligible homes in Grace, Palmerston and Franklin and will be expanded to other houses in Harrison and Gunghalin.
According to Reuters, the company has been testing drone delivery services in Australia since 2014 and has delivered food, small household items and over-the-counter chemist products more than 3,000 times to customers in Fernleigh Park, Royalla and Bonython over the past year and a half.The drone delivery service can deliver small items to customers within 6 miles of its base station. As discussed earlier, the delivery service has made more than 3,000 successful deliveries to different customers since its start including small household items and over-the-counter chemist products.
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Wing Aviation operates within the guidelines for commercial drone operators flying over 2Kg while ensuring an appropriate degree of safety according to the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).Residents of the areas where drone deliveries are likely to take place have already expressed concerns about infringement of one’s privacy and undesired noise levels. However, CASA has shirked responsibility in this regard while advising the public to voice their concerns either on the company’s website or the Office of the Australian Information Commission.
In the summer of last year, Wing Aviation LLC was taken out of the auspices of Alphabets research division as an independent company. The company is being led by James Ryan Burgess.In the winter of 2018, the company announced its intentions of beginning its drone delivery services in Finland in the spring of this year.