Google is Jumping Into Delivery Drones With Project Wing
Remember Prime Air by Amazon? The company’s delivery drone which was announced last November? Although the project is currently under development at the company’s Seattle HQ, Google is planning to be there when it takes off.
Meet Google’s Project Wing, which is being developed at Google X lab responsible for Google Glass and the self-driving car. Being under the development cycle for over two years, Project Wing is reported to make deliveries across towns in a matter of mere one or two minutes.
Speaking of the said project, Google stated that the company’s long-term goal was to invent in something that would allow them to reach out to disaster-struck people in remote areas.
This indeed seems like a good idea to deliver medicine, clothing, and edibles to areas under the devastation of natural calamity which otherwise would be inaccessible by regular means of transportation.
Speaking of it, the leader of Project Wing Dave Voss told BBC News that the project has enabled them to create a new dimension of dealing with emergency situations:
When you have a tool like this you can really allow the operators of those emergency services to add an entirely new dimension to the set of tools and solutions that they can think of.
Coming to the technical specifications of the drone, it’ll come with a wingspread of 1.5 meters with four propellers running on electricity. Weighing around 8.5 kilograms, the drone will be able to deliver around 10 kilograms of weight – including its own weight.
It also features dual mode which lets it have an agglomeration of both an airplane and a helicopter. Owning to this factor, it can not only land and takeoff without needing a runway, but can also hover in the air for long durations of time. Furthermore, the landing and takeoff times are far lesser than other aircrafts of the same sort.
One thing that distinguishes it from drones being used by military forces around the world is that it doesn’t require any operational individual as it contains the ability to pre-load the destination and fly there without any outside assistance.
Currently, there are no details available as to when the thing will become operational, but I’m betting on a couple of more years – similar to Amazon’s Prime Air.