Alphabet’s Flying Delivery Robots are a Blessing in Disguise!
Alphabet’s flying delivery robots hit over 10,0000 deliveries as it announces a supermarket partnership
Alphabet’s flying delivery robots have hit over 100000 deliveries as it announces a supermarket partnership. The Wing company operated by the Google parent Alphabet will begin flying packages from a host of businesses to residents of the Dallas area, a dramatic expansion of a service conceived a decade ago. Australia, which has been the primary market for testing and commercial deployment, comprised 30,000 of those drone deliveries in the early days. These drones are all AI-controlled.
Alphabet’s Drone Delivery Service Partner: Wing
In 2010, the manufacture of delivery drones began, and AI control systems became more reliable. In 2013, Amazon made wild promises about making drones a standard part of its delivery empire. But so far the technology has mainly found success at a much smaller scale.
Drones have the potential to make faster deliveries than trucks and cars because they reduce traffic congestion, accidents, and greenhouse gas emissions while growing sales for businesses all the while giving people more time back in their busy lives. To succeed broadly, though, drone delivery must overcome regulatory and safety obstacles.
The Wing currently operates in three countries: Australia, the US, and Finland. Its biggest success has been in Logan, Australia. Users can download the Wing app and order a small selection of goods, groceries, etc. Deliveries are generally made in under 10 minutes, and Wing’s record for delivery is two minutes and 47 seconds from order to arrival.
The big round number arrives as it announces a commercial partnership with Coles, one of Australia’s leading supermarket chains. The deal finds Wing delivering 250 different items, from foodstuffs to healthcare products and toiletries, in Australia’s capital, Canberra. The technology makes some sense for rural and other harder-to-reach locales, but Wing insists that its approach is right for city life, as well. To help ease regulatory approvals, Wing adopted a store-to-door approach in which retail employees process orders and load packages on the drones.