World First Delivery Drone Gets Go-Ahead

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By Published On: April 9, 20190 Comments

Approval has been given for X, an offshoot of Google's parent company, to deliver everything from Burritos to Panadol to locals via drone.

The aviation watchdog has today confirmed that it had given approval to a world-first drone delivery business in Canberra’s north.

Project Wing, an offshoot of Google’s parent company, has been trialling local drone delivery (including food, drinks and medication). The Civil Aviation Safety Authority had been in the process of assessing the safety of the drones which has now been granted.

“We’ve gone through all the thorough safety assessment we did for the Bonython operation, we’ve done that now for Mitchell and surrounding suburbs. We’ll issue the appropriate permissions for those to go ahead,” CASA spokesman Peter Gibson told ABC Radio Canberra today.

A year-long trial in Canberra’s Boynthon saw thousands of deliveries made without incident, yet it drew complaint from locals in relation to the noise of the drones. Project Wing is reported to have developed a quieter model for its operation.

There will be exemptions but also restrictions in relation to its operation, such as not crossing over major roadways or over crowds. There are also requirements in relation to hours of operation during weekdays and weekends.

Kickstart Espresso, Capital Chemist, Pure Gelato, Jasper + Myrtle, Bakers Delight, Guzman y Gomez and Drummond Golf have reportedly signed up to deliver their products as part of the service, according to Terrance Bouldin-Johnson, the head of Project Wing’s Australian operations.

“We’re excited to connect with more local businesses in the Gungahlin area about how we can help them reach more customers faster, safer and more sustainably,” Bouldin-Johnson said. 

“Whether you’re a parent with a sick child at home and have run out of baby paracetamol, a busy professional who forgot to pick up fresh bread during your regular weekly shop, or you simply just want to order your morning flat white without the hassle of having to drive to the cafe, Wing has teamed up with local Canberra businesses to give customers the opportunity to have a range of goods delivered in a handful of minutes.’

According to Power Retail’s latest Spotlight Series Report, Last Mile Delivery, 54 percent of Australian online shoppers were open to the idea of online delivery by drone.

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