Google's Project Wing building drone delivery service
Posted by Kiran . on 30 August 2014 10:06 AM
For two years, Google has quietly been developing autonomous flying vehicles that can be used to deliver packages for disaster relief or for commerce purposes, the company revealed Thursday.
PRESENTED BY SCRIBE SOFTWARE10 Best Practices for Integrating DataData integration is often underestimated and poorly implemented, taking time and resources. Yet itLEARN MOREThe program, dubbed Project Wing, has been housed under Google X, the company's secretive facility where it created other projects like Google Glass and its self-driving cars.
"Self-flying vehicles could open up entirely new approaches to moving goods -- including options that are cheaper, faster, less wasteful and more environmentally sensitive than what's possible today," the company says in a document describing the effort.
The drones are designed to follow a pre-programmed route at the push of a button, flying at 40 to 60 meters above the ground.
One goal is to have the unmanned flying robots deliver small items like medicines and batteries that can be used for disaster relief or to bring aid to isolated areas. The initial idea was to deliver defibrillators to heart attack victims.
"Even just a few of these, being able to shuttle nearly continuously, could service a very large number of people in an emergency situation," Astro Teller, Google's "captain of moonshots," as it calls its big projects, told the BBC.
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