News World Alphabet's drone delivery service takes off in Australia

Alphabet’s drone delivery service takes off in Australia

Google parent Alphabet Inc’s drone service made its first air delivery in North Canberra, Australia, on Tuesday after getting approval from the country’s civil aviation authority.

Wing, the company’s drone delivery arm, said the delivery service will be available to a limited set of eligible homes in the suburbs of Crace, Palmerston and Franklin and would gradually expand to customers in Harrison and Gungahlin.

“Wing has been testing drone delivery in Australia since 2014. Over the past 18 months, Wing has delivered food, small household items and over the counter chemist products more than 3,000 times to Australian homes in Fernleigh Park, Royalla and Bonython communities,” it said in a blog post https://medium.com/wing-aviation/wing-launches-commercial-air-delivery-service-in-canberra-5da134312474.

Wing was spun out of Alphabet’s X research division in July last year to become an independent company within Alphabet and is part of the Other Bets division. It is headed by James Ryan Burgess.

Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) said https://www.casa.gov.au/aircraft/standard-page/drone-delivery-systems on Tuesday Wing’s “operation meets an acceptable level of safety” and it works within the guidelines for commercial drone operators flying over 2kg.

Wing had said in December it would launch its first European delivery service in Finland in the spring of 2019.

E-commerce giant Amazon.com Inc touts “Prime Air”, a future delivery system designed to safely get packages to customers in 30 minutes using drones.

(Reuters)

Top Stories

Yellow alert for heavy rain in effect till 8am on Thursday

The Cyprus Meteorology Service has issued a yellow alert for heavy rain in effect from 00:00 till 08:00 in the morning on Thursday. Isolated strong...

323 new cases of COVID-19, no deaths announced on Wednesday

The Health Ministry announced 323 new Coronavirus cases out of 33,194 PCR and rapid antigen tests on Wednesday, 3, March, taking confirmed infections to...

EU’s countries deviate from common vaccination strategy, looking at Israel, Russia, China

In recent weeks, several member states of the European Union have decided to distance themselves from the bloc's common strategy for vaccination against Covid-19...

70-year-old woman in danger due to fire at her apartment

A 70-year-old woman was in danger today due to a fire that broke out at her apartment, in the area of Faneromeni, in Larnaca. According...

Where to get a rapid test on Thursday, 4 March

Aiming at the continuous surveillance of the community and the workplaces, the free programmes of rapid antigen testing of the general population and employees...

Taste

Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...

Mezedes

No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...