Alphabet-owned Wing Launches 1st Drone Delivery Ahead Of Amazon

Posted: Oct 20 2019, 7:53am CDT | by , in Technology News

 

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Alphabet-owned Wing launches 1st drone delivery ahead of Amazon

The future of deliveries is here.

The tech war is heating up among major players in the field, particularly between Google and Amazon.

These two companies have started to foray into each other's field of focus that now, you can see Amazon branching into similar platforms that Google has been offering and in the same way, Google entering the world of e-commerce and retailing, a field where Amazon is seen as the most dominant.

Back in June, Amazon introduced to the public its very first autonomous delivery drone that was designed to handle deliveries now that the e-commerce giant is seeing an upward momentum in customer demand.

At the time, Amazon did not set a specific date for the pilot of the delivery by drone program, but it hinted that it would start offering it "within months."

In what is seen as an attempt to challenge Amazon's own plans, Wing, a subsidiary of Google's parent Alphabet, has marked its first ever commercial delivery made by a drone.

The pilot was witnessed in Christiansburg, Virginia, where Wing drones delivered packages, over-the-counter medication and even snacks and gifts to customers in the area.

In a blog post announcing the launch, Wing said it's "the first company to operate a commercial air delivery service via drone directly to homes in the United States."

Wing has partnered with FedEx Express, Walgreens, and local Virginia retailer Sugar Magnolia to offer the service to customers.

Moving forward, Wing said customers may choose to receive scheduled FedEx Express deliveries by drone.

Customers used the dedicated Wing app to make orders from Walgreens and Sugar Magnolia and have the items delivered straight to their homes.

Wing secured an expanded Air Carrier Certificate from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to run the service, allowing Wing's pilots to manage several unmanned aircraft making commercial deliveries simultaneously.

When a Wing lightweight aircraft arrives on a customer's residence, it slowly lowers the package to a small, designated location in the yard or driveway. After transporting the delivery, the aircraft flies back to Wing’s “Nest” in North Christiansburg.

In June, Amazon announced a fairly similar plan. However, Amazon said its drones will make landings on customers' properties and take off "like a helicopter."

Amazon has yet to reveal updates about its plan.

Watch how Alphabet's Wing managed to make deliveries by drone yesterday, October 19:

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