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Alphabet’s Wing starts delivering packages with drones in Virginia

Alphabet’s Wing starts delivering packages with drones in Virginia”

"In July 2018, Project Wing changed from Google X to become an independent Alphabet company.[2] As of January 2019, Wing began delivering take-out food and beverages out of its test facility in Bonython, Australia as part of a pilot program.[3] In April 2019 Wing became the first drone delivery company to receive a Air operator's certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration to allow it to operate as an airline in the U.S.[4]" How the system works. Wing Wikipedia describes Wing: "Wing is a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc. that develops technology of drone-based delivery of freight". The last mile of that FedEx Express delivery, which would normally be via truck, was done with a Wing drone. There are no extra fees for the drone deliveries.

Privacy and safety concerns have been a concern across the U.S.as drone use increases.

The flights marked the launch of a unique air delivery service from Wing, an offshoot of Google's parent company Alphabet. But Burgess stresses that Wing's delivery drones do not operate with the same intention as those flown for hobbies.

In Christiansburg, history was made Friday as the drone delivery service, Wing, officially launched its trial.

"I had a retinal hemorrhage when I was 23, and my husband doesn't like me driving", Susie Sensmeier, a drone delivery tester, said.

Public outreach is an essential element of the IPP, which pairs companies developing applications for drones with the federal and state agencies that will play a role in regulating them and the local communities that will be the true proving ground for their value.

"We were excited to be apart of history", she said.

Folks in Christiansburg can order goods from Walgreens or Sugar Magnolia through the Wing app, and a drone will drop off their order to a pre-determined location in their yard or driveway.

"This is a pivotal moment in aviation", said Mark Blanks, MAAP's director. "We've been working hard to get drone delivery to the point where it could become routine - now we get to see it roll out, and we want to hear what people have to say".



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