FAA Greenlights Google Wing Drone Deliveries in US

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first_img Climate Activists Use Drones to Shut Down Heathrow Airport Next MonthUPS Wants to Bring Drone Deliveries to U.S. Hospitals Stay on target Two weeks after Project Wing earned approval to make drone deliveries in Canberra, Australia, the Google offshoot got the greenlight to launch a similar service in the US.On Tuesday, Wing became the first drone delivery company to receive air carrier certification from the Federal Aviation Administration.“For communities across the country, this presents new opportunities,” the firm wrote in a blog announcement. “Goods like medicine or food can now be delivered faster by drone, giving families, shift workers, and other busy consumers more time to do the things that matter.”Wing drones have already flown more than 70,000 test flights and completed more than 3,000 deliveries to doorsteps, driveways, and backyards for customers Down Under.Service is expected to take off soon, starting with 100 eligible homes in the Canberra suburbs of Crace, Palmerston, and Franklin, before expanding into Harrison and Gungahlin.A U.S. delivery trial, meanwhile, could start as early as “later this year” in Montgomery County, Va.“For the next several months, we’ll be reaching out to businesses and community members in the Blacksburg and Christiansburg areas to demonstrate out technology, answer questions, and solicit feedback,” Wing said.No further details—including how many drones or consumers will be involved—have been revealed.“This is an important step forward for the safe testing and integration of drones into our economy,” U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao said in a statement. “Safety continues to be our No. 1 priority as this technology continues to develop and realize its full potential.”While the drones can fly autonomously, Wing will have certified pilots on the ground, ready to take control if necessary, according to CNN.“Air delivery … provides greater autonomy to those who need assistance with mobility,” the company blog boasted. “Also, our all-electric drones will reduce traffic on our roads and pollution and carbon emissions in our skies.”More on Geek.com:UPS To Transport Medical Samples Via DroneKoala-Spotting Drones Outdo Human ExpertsBoeing Unveils ‘Wingman’ Drone That Could Fly Alongside Fighter Jetslast_img read more