DroneXL.co | Drone news, rumors, specs DJI Mavic 3  other UAS
Google's Wing expands drone deliveries in Australia after 500% surge

Google’s Wing expands drone deliveries in Australia after 500% surge

After successful trials in Canberra and Logan, Queensland, Google’s Wing expands drone deliveries to new locations in Australia in the coming months.

Google’s Wing expands drone deliveries in Australia after 500% surge

Orders have soared 500 percent because of COVID-19 as customers seek to obtain goods in a contactless way, says business’ head of policy and government affairs, Margaret Nagle, according to Australian Aviation.

Wing’s drone delivery service was first started in Canberra in 2019 and allows for the delivery of packages that weigh less than roughly 3 pounds from a selection of retailers selling household products.

Since Wing’s operations were first started in 2012, the company has conducted more than 100,000 drone flights worldwide.

Wing’s drone delivery service works as follows. First, a customer submits an order via an app on their phone. The Wing drone flies to pick up the package at the designated delivery center before climbing to a cruising altitude of roughly 150 feet on its way to the final destination. When the drone arrives at hoovers in place while lowering the package to the ground, automatically unclipping it without any help from the customer.

“We’ve seen use worldwide … increase due to COVID and customers want to access goods in a contactless way. We’ve seen a 500 percent increase in [deliveries] from February to April, including thousands in Australian in that timeframe,” Nagle said while speaking at the AFR’s Future Briefing virtual conference.

“Local businesses have highlighted that they see this as a valuable way to reach their customers. We’ve seen this service offer value and be a small help. We also see a lot of potential for healthcare uses, and certainly see future use cases around a child needing an inhaler at the playground and being able to get it to that child in minutes rather than wait for an ambulance to come.”

Google's Wing expands drone deliveries in Australia after 500% surge

Simon Moore, an assistant secretary of aviation safety and future technology at the Department of Infrastructure, said he thinks there will one day be “hundreds of thousands” of drones in the sky.

“The numbers of things that are flying in the sky is going to increase quite dramatically,” he said.

Google's Wing expands drone deliveries in Australia after 500% surge

Flying drones as a career?

If you want to turn your hobby into your career, practice how to fly your drone safely, and learn what it takes to get your Part 107, be sure to check out the excellent training modules from The Drone U.

DroneU Marketing Banner Ad 1

Stay in touch!

If you’d like to stay up to date with all the latest drone news, scoops, rumors, and reviews, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, or…

Subscribe to our Daily Drone News email.*


 

Submit tips If you have information or tips that you would like to share with us, feel free to submit them hereSupport DroneXL.co: You can support DroneXL.co by using these links when you make your next drone purchase: Adorama, Amazon, B&H, BestBuy, eBay, DJI, Parrot, and Yuneec. We make a small commission when you do so at no additional expense to you. Thank you for helping DroneXL grow! FTC: DroneXL.co uses affiliate links that generate income.


* We do not sell, share, rent out or spam your email, ever. Our email goes out on weekdays around 5:30 p.m.

Haye Kesteloo

Add comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.