Amazon's first drone delivery in Australia after 'blimp' video goes viral

Drone deliveries might be the future whether you like it or not

Having begun tests in Australia in 2014, Wing has been delivering food, household items and medicines to homes in Fernleigh Park, Bonython and Royalla, with the service's arrival in Canberra signalling an incoming widespread deployment.

Wing, a company spun out of Alphabet's secret research laboratory X, has been testing its delivery services for the last 18 months in Australia and the USA in a race to find new ways of delivering goods by drone while reducing urban traffic congestion.

Civil Aviation Safety Authority spokesperson Peter Gibson said customers only have to way a few minutes to receive their order, which gave it a clear advantage over other delivery methods.

They will not be allowed to fly over crowds or main roads. The company has been making trial deliveries by drone for the previous year and a half in Canberra without making any mistakes.

Unfortunately, Wing isn't available to everyone in North Canberra, Australia. Assuming everything goes according to plan, it will expand to the suburbs of Harrison and Gungahlin in the following months.

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Wing adds on its website that the drones have been created to produce significantly less Carbon dioxide than a truck making equivalent deliveries whilst ensuring they operate quietly to minimise noise disruption. We are one step closer to drone deliveries for everything!

Over the following years Project Wing was developed by engineers at Google X, the secret "moonshot" labs at the research giant. The drones will only be allowed to fly during the day and not before 08:00 AEST at the weekend.

"Wing said, "[We] strongly believe that by working together with local policymakers, regulators, and communities, we can improve access to services, open up new economic opportunities, and better connect our cities.

Wing said the feedback obtained during its trials had been "valuable" and it hoped to "continue the dialogue".

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